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Talks at Twelve: James Garbarino, Thursday, March 22, 2018

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Miller's Children: Why Giving Teenage Killers a Second Chance Matters for All of Us
James Garbarino, Loyola University Chicago

Thursday, March 22, 2018
12:00-1:00 PM
Ten-Eyck Room, Nevin Welcome Center, Cornell Botanic Gardens


Are teenage killers doomed to a life of violence? The Supreme Court said “no” in the case of Miller v. Alabama, ruling they are “less guilty by reason of adolescence,” and thus exempted from mandatory life-without-parole sentences (except for the “rarest cases” of “permanent incorrigibility”). This has made thousands of men (and some women) eligible for re-sentencing hearings around the country. Garbarino explores the issues of education, maturation, psychological intervention, and spiritual development that drive the rehabilitation and transformation central to these cases. The presentation is based upon his work as a psychological expert witness in more than 40 “Miller” cases, as reported in his 2018 book Miller’s Children, in which he brings to bear developmental psychology and modern neuroscience.

James Garbarino holds the Maude Clarke Chair in Psychology and was founding director of the Center for the Human Rights of Children at Loyola University Chicago. Since 1994, he has served as a scientific expert witness in murder cases. Among the books he has authored are: Miller’s Children: Why Giving Teenage Killers a Second Chance Matters for All of Us (2018) and Listening to Killers (2015). He has received the American Psychological Association’s Award for Distinguished Professional Contributions to Public Service and the Paul Fink Interpersonal Violence Prevention Award from the National Partnership to End Interpersonal Violence, among other awards.


Book signing in the garden shop on the first floor of the Nevin Welcome Center to immediately follow the talk

Lunch will be served. No registration or RSVP required except for groups of 5 or more. We ask that larger groups email Lori Biechele at lb274@cornell.edu letting us know of your plans to attend so that we can order enough lunch.

Metered parking is available in the Botanic Gardens lot.

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