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Shaping Justice for the Future

Reflections on how Europe handles emerging adults in trouble with the law

A blog post series by Vincent Schiraldi

In March 2018, the Emerging Adult Project at the Justice Lab organized an educational trip around Europe to consider different models of justice for emerging adults – young people between the ages of 18 to 25. The director of the Emerging Adult Project, Lael Chester, and the co-director of the Justice Lab, Vincent Schiraldi, had meetings with officials in the Netherlands and Croatia in the first part of this trip, and are now Germany with a Massachusetts delegation. This blog post series by Vincent Schiraldi shares insights and reflections from this trip as it happens.

March 23, 2018 – Why travel to Europe to learn about how to respond to crime by America’s emerging adults?

March 27, 2018 – The Netherlands’ experience in emerging adult justice

April 1, 2018 – Croatia’s response to offending by emerging adults

April 15, 2018 – What can Germany teach Massachusetts (and the U.S.) about emerging adults?

A detailed write up on Germany’s emerging adult justice system is also available on the website of Senator Will Brownsberger, one of the trip participants.

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