Source: (2008) Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics & Public Policy, vol. 22: 167-191

The article explores the multi-faceted issue of juvenile offenders and how they ought to be treated by tracing multiple historical modes of thought about their presence in the American criminal system. The author then discusses the tension between retributive and restorative justice, harmonizing the two in a paradigm that takes its lead from the social teachings of the Catholic church.