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    Juvenile Offenders: The Competency to Stand Trial

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    Compare the similarities and differences of how juveniles and adults are assessed for competency to stand trial.

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    Use the same tool for assessment such as the McCarthur Competency Assessment Tool-Criminal Adjudication to show some significant differences between juveniles and adults:
    i) Juveniles are more likely to comply to authority thus agree to plea bargains
    ii) Juveniles are more likely to perform poorly showing more cognitive impairments ...

    Solution Summary

    In the discussion of competency to stand trial, it may be considered that immaturity is a factor when dealing with juvenile offenders.

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