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Recent controversies over whether year-old pop star Miley Cyrus has sexualized her image is the latest symptom of that. Yet there's a strong pull in exactly the opposite direction, too. Many more year-olds are choosing college over work now than a generation or two ago. They live independently at school for part of the year but under their parents' roofs for the rest.
People are getting married later than they used to, and many have become slower about starting their own careers.
Even before the current recession, plenty of college grads and dropouts had "boomeranged" back to Mom and Dad's house. Sociologists now talk of "extended adolescence" and "delayed adulthood.
That means that the window of time during which teens and young adults "grow up" is opening wider. This partly explains why state and local governments are so haphazard when it comes to young people: The law, and the people who write and interpret it, are just as befuddled about how to handle this situation as any anxious parent.
Mostly, they have responded by cracking down. On an annual basis, the number of laws regulating the behavior of people under 18 has more than tripled since the s. Curfews are now common. Recently, states have banned minors from purchasing items such as nitrous-oxide inhalants and fruit-flavored mini-cigars.
Various jurisdictions have restricted "sexting"--sending lewd photos via cell phones. And 20 states ban only those under 18 from talking on cell phones while driving, despite evidence that the behavior even using a hands-free device is treacherous among drivers of all ages. So there is a bit of hypocrisy, too, in the way governments define the age of responsibility. While nearly every state recently has put new limits on teen drivers, no state has begun restricting--or even testing--elderly drivers, some of whom may, like teens, lack mastery of their vehicles.
Franklin Zimring, a UC Berkeley law professor, suggests that it's easier to block youngsters from obtaining rights than it is to take away rights to which adults have grown accustomed. That's because states aren't really denying young people rights, Zimring says.
They're asking them to wait. As Jack McCardell sees it, the wait can be counterproductive. McCardell is the former president of Middlebury College in Vermont.
He's also the leader of the group of college presidents calling for a national debate about the drinking age. Technically, states hold the power to set their own drinking ages. But since the mids, Congress has all but required the age to be set at If states were to set it any lower, they would forfeit 10 percent of their federal highway funds.
McCardell points to surveys showing that upwards of 90 percent of young people have had drinks or gotten drunk before turning Those numbers only confirm what everyone knows--that binge drinking is out of control on college campuses. Of the current drinking age, McCardell says, "it's pretty hard to argue on the most basic terms that it's been at all successful, given the number who continue to consume.
McCardell believes that the current laws not only are ineffective and unenforceable but are in fact leading students to drink more heavily in illicit and unsafe circumstances. The problem, he says, is that underage kids don't actually consider themselves underage. McCardell believes this is a direct consequence of the mixed messages states send teenagers about responsibility. A half-dozen states have taken McCardell up on the challenge of at least debating the idea of lowering the drinking age.
But McCardell is the first to admit that none of them will ever pass legislation as long as a big chunk of their highway dollars is at risk. In fact, if there's any trend among states, it's to crack down further on drinking by those under age States have created new keg-registration requirements, stepped up enforcement of carding at convenience stores and passed "social host" laws that impose liability on adults who serve alcohol to teens at parties.
Some supporters of holding the drinking age steady acknowledge that 21, when it comes right down to it, is an arbitrary age. Twenty-five might be better, if unrealistic. But they argue that enforcement is a problem at any age, and lowering the legal limit to 18 would only mean pushing the drinking problem further down to and year-olds.
Alexander Wagenaar, a health policy professor at the University of Florida, goes further. He believes that lowering the drinking age would be disastrous. After states set the age at 21, he says, teen highway deaths immediately dropped by 15 to 20 percent. The debate about drinking hinges on the question of whether the age of responsibility has been set too high. But in the juvenile justice world, a parallel debate has been going on about whether the age of responsibility has been set too low.
In the early 20th century, every state created stand-alone legal systems for handling juveniles, defined as those under Advocates of that era described the states as "a sheltering wise parent" that would shield a child from the rigors of criminal law.
By the s, however, the idea that rehabilitating such offenders should be the main goal of the system had lost credibility. Due to a spike in juvenile homicides involving handguns--and concerns that young "superpredators" presented an extreme and growing danger to society--legislators passed countless laws that made it easier to try minors as adults.
This was true not only for serious matters such as murder and drug crimes but also for minor infractions and misdemeanors. Some plea bargains are available to teens only if they agree to adult handling.
Specific numbers are hard to come by, but on any given day, an estimated 10, minors are housed in adult facilities. Now, states are just starting to rethink the wisdom of sending year-olds to spend hard time among older, more experienced criminals. According to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, youths who had previously been tried as adults are 34 percent more likely to commit a crime again than those who went through the juvenile justice system.
Not only do young offenders treated as adults reoffend sooner and more frequently, they're also more likely to go on to commit violent crimes.
On this matter, states are finding, nothing is more persuasive than crime data. Despite all the media attention given years ago to superpredators, the vast majority of youth crimes involve property theft and drugs and seldom involve murder.
And while there are still roughly , juveniles tried each year, the rate of crime for this cohort, as measured by arrests, has gone down in each of the past 15 years. Tough policies toward juveniles remain prevalent, but a few states have begun loosening up.
In , Illinois ended its policy of automatically transferring juvenile misdemeanor cases to adult courts, leaving the decision up to judges. A follow-up study found a dramatic drop in the number of cases referred to adult court, suggesting that most of the old automatic transfers had not involved serious crimes. As of January 1, Connecticut will end its policy of treating all offenders 16 and up as adults. A similar proposal in North Carolina stalled this summer.
While the latest research and crime statistics have opened up room for a fresh debate about juvenile justice, that space could evaporate at any time. There's no telling when a high-profile teen crime may catch the attention of cable news. It's precisely because policy toward teens can be so random and emotionally charged that some people find the discoveries about brain development reassuring.
The brain scans are putting hard science behind what anyone who has raised an adolescent knows--that young people simply aren't always capable of making good decisions. Increasingly, this scientific evidence is being introduced in regard to juvenile justice. In , the U. Supreme Court struck down the juvenile death penalty after receiving stacks of briefs summarizing the latest adolescent brain research.
The justices will surely get an update on the science this fall when they hear a pair of cases from Florida meant to determine whether sentencing juveniles to life without parole constitutes cruel and unusual punishment.
Scientists now regularly appear before legislative committees, showing pictures that make clear the developmental differences between a year-old brain and that of a year-old. The scans show, in the words of Temple University psychologist Laurence Steinberg, that juveniles may be "less guilty by reason of adolescence.
But while brain research is "sexy," Steinberg says, it hasn't necessarily persuaded legislators that they need to change laws regarding crime and punishment. Nor has it fundamentally changed the way policy makers view the age of responsibility in terms of when young people can drink, smoke or drive. The conclusion that 25 might be the most scientifically defensible age for any of those things is simply a nonstarter politically.
Texas state Representative Jerry Madden says he's sympathetic to the argument that "the brain isn't fully developed until 25, and that's when people should be allowed to do certain things. Even scientists are cautious about leaning too hard on the neurobiology. Research linking brain structure to actual human behavior is still limited.
And neuroscientists are clear about the fact that different parts of the brain mature along different timetables. In other words, executive thinking may not reach its peak until 25 but most people are capable of performing many adult functions adequately at an earlier age--probably between 16 and The fact that every person is different and develops at his own pace doesn't make the creation of policy any easier.
Parents can guide their children, let them learn from their mistakes when they need to and bail them out when they have to. But laws are less sympathetic. Laws must draw lines, in order to be fair and comprehensible. And there will never be enough brain scans to go around to draw those lines as accurately as we might like. What those laws can do, however, is acknowledge that growing up is a process, not a birthday.
And in at least one major policy area--the driving age--states are finding ways to recognize this by introducing youngsters to increasing levels of responsibility, rather than foisting it upon them all at once. The driving age is more rooted in practical experience than the arbitrary conventions that define the drinking age and most other adult responsibilities. Early in the 20th century, there essentially was no regulation.
As soon as someone's feet could reach the pedals, he or she was free to drive. Driving tests didn't come into widespread practice until the s. And until recently, many states, particularly in agricultural areas, gave licenses to kids who passed the test when they turned South Dakota will still grant a driver's license to a person as young as 14 years, 3 months.
On the other end of the spectrum, New Jersey is the only state that makes teenagers wait as late as their 17th birthdays. Of the rights and rites of adulthood, driving holds a special place. On one hand, in a country with meager access to public transit, being able to operate a car is tantamount to mobility. Learning to drive is as essential to taking a first job as it is to going out on a first date--or at least doing those things without being chauffeured around by parents.
On the other hand, driving is by far the most likely way that a young person will kill himself or others. According to the CDC, 4, Americans between 16 and 19 die from motor vehicle crashes annually, while another , are injured seriously enough to require emergency treatment.
Obviously, driving is a responsibility that must be given to young people with great care. The new approach that has taken hold among the states is called "graduated driver licensing," or GDL.
The idea is to license kids to start driving at a certain age, but on a probationary basis. They might have to put in more hours driving with their parents or with professional instructors. They might not be allowed to drive at night. Or they might not be permitted to drive in the company of friends--peer pressure is often a factor when young drivers make bad decisions behind the wheel.
GDLs have been implemented in some form in every state except North Dakota. One reason why GDLs have become popular with state lawmakers is because they represent the middle ground in a highly emotional debate.
Following a horrific car crash in his district, Illinois state Representative John D'Amico introduced legislation to raise the driving age in his state from 16 to Again, with the benefit of hindsight I now know she zeroed in on me for two reasons: The day she found out Darcy and I were separated she immediately turned up the heat, and I was all too happy to drink in the rays.
Funny thing is that after months of flirtation, dates, meals, etc. I was certainly going to get my opportunity soon right? I was still thinking that saving women was the key to getting into their panties. But Carla knew exactly how to kill that apprehension and trigger that oh-so-useful male provider instinct by upping the ante:.
One Monday morning, Carla was absent from work. Finally, around lunch time I get a frantic call from her. I told her I was relieved that she at least had a place to stay. I was so excited about how lucky I was to get a second chance to rescue a woman it was pathetic. After all was said and done, I had rented her a 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom house with a fenced in back yard for her dog near downtown.
Carla was outwardly grateful and for the first month or so things were great. Though I never spent the night I was over there pretty much all the time. Her kid seemed happy to finally have his own room they routinely bounced from place to place and her dog was as happy as a pig in the mud being able to run around freely for once in her life.
About half way home I noticed that a cop was tailgating me. Having been pulled over plenty of times I knew preemptive traffic stop behavior when I saw it, so I reached into my glove department to grab my registration and insurance. Sure enough the blue lights came on a few seconds later. My license, registration, and insurance all checked out but I had an outstanding warrant for my arrest.
The officer was a young guy and was actually pretty cool about the whole thing. Before he slapped the cuffs on he let me smoke a couple cigarettes while we waited on a buddy of mine to come get my car, who he allowed me to call to avoid having it impounded.
My boss and I were cool so I still had my job when I got out. I took care of my legal situation quickly and easily and in the end, the only collateral damage was monetary. Carla was happy to see me out of course she was and eventually told me she wanted me to spend the night. I happily agreed thinking I was finally going to fuck her. I slid off my clothes, climbed into her bed…. She denied fucking whoever this dude was but I knew otherwise. This woman had just kicked me out of a house I was paying for and I stood there and allowed her to do so—in front of her son no less.
Her boyfriend got wind of it and told her to end it. To her credit, she damn near pulled it off. I was definitely still a beta but I was probably closer to a shade of purple at this point so I still had a long way to go before seeing red.
She was raised in a foster home: Carla was a foster child since the age of 6 and unfortunately for her, she became a statistic. She was emancipated at age She was sexually abused by her uncle as a child: This was the reason she was in foster care in the first place.