FROM “TRANSIENT IMMATURITY” TO A PERMANENT TRANSFORMATION: Jack’s story
The Routledge International Handbook of Juvenile Homicide
Through the lens of the case of an adolescent boy who committed a murder and served nearly three decades in adult prison before he was released on parole, this chapter elucidates key concepts in the US Supreme Court’s reasoning in several recent important cases. It documents this youth’s recovery from early adverse childhood experiences and negative peer effects and his transformation from “transient immaturity” to adult stability. The chapter leverages the accumulating research advances about adolescent development and the process of violence desistance in adulthood to provide context and meaning to this adolescent’s change. The chapter discusses factors of psychosocial maturity or sophistication, violence risk and its diminution through maturation, rehabilitation and personality change, and the limitations in science and clinical practice to sort out the “transient immature” from the permanently “incorrigible”.
Dicataldo, F. (2023). FROM “TRANSIENT IMMATURITY” TO A PERMANENT TRANSFORMATION: Jack’s story. The Routledge International Handbook of Juvenile Homicide, 532-545. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003242833-42