By Jeffrey Shook, The New Yorker

A letter in response to Rachel Aviv’s article (January 2, 2012)

Rachel Aviv’s article about Dakotah Eliason and his trial as an adult for  first-degree murder shows how adolescents often do not understand the  consequences of their actions and therefore fail to show the regret that  officials expect to see (“No Remorse,” January 2nd). By treating youths as  adults in the criminal-justice system, we are contesting the construct of  childhood itself.

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