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Kids and Competency

Psychologists often provide recommendations regarding criminal
justice practices in an effort to implement more effective reforms. Although
each state has provisions for a juvenile justice system due to the fundamental
differences between children and adults, many of those states utilize the adult
competency standards to determine if a child is able to stand trial for an
offense. The National Juvenile Justice Network has produced policy guidelines
to help states create separate statutes for determining the competency of a
juvenile. After reading “Competency
to Stand Trial in Juvenile Court: Recommendations for Policymakers,” as
part of your weekly reading assignment, locate and analyze the statutes in a
state of your choice (i.e. your state of birth or where you would like to
live). State statutes can be found here. In your chosen state, did the
legislature already create a separate standard for juveniles? Does the adult
competency statute mention any differences for juveniles? How would you advise
your local politician regarding this issue? Please write no more than two (2)
pages, using APA format.