In 2005 the United States became the last country to end the death penalty for offenders under 18 years old. Adolescent neuroscience research played a huge part in changing this policy. However, there are still approximately 2,500 prison inmates in the United States serving life sentences without the possibility of parole for crimes they committed before they were 18.

Actor Aisha Hinds shares how teenagers see the world differently and how understanding adolescent-brain science is critical to how society should seek to penalize and rehabilitate them.


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