VIRTUAL COLLOQUIUM | 24 Feb 2021 | Child Criminals: The Early American Origins of Our Biased Justice System (Encyclopedia Go Experiences)
Child Criminals: The Early American Origins of Our Biased Justice System
Dr. Holly White
By Encyclopedia Go Experiences
How does a criminal’s age impact the perception of their innocence and culpability? What about their race, class, or gender? We know that our modern-day justice is flawed and deeply prejudiced, but when did it become so? Explore the early American origins of modern-day biases with Dr. Holly White, author of the forthcoming book Protecting the Innocents: Legal and Cultural Debates about Age and Ability in the Early United States.
Dr. White will highlight a few well-known contemporary cases in which the perception of a young offender’s culpability was diminished or heightened based on other aspects of their identity such as race, class, or gender. She will then reveal several early American examples of child criminals who faced the same biases as we see in today’s court system. She’ll conclude her talk with a discussion about the disconnect between modernized notions of age and maturity and the failings of the juvenile justice system.
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