ILPPP Receives Grant to Focus on Restoring Capacity of Juveniles Found Incompetent to Stand Trial

The ability of juveniles to participate fully in the judicial system is often controversial. Add in some issue of incompetence, and the legal issues become even murkier. Janet I. Warren, professor of psychiatry and neurobehavioral sciences and associate director of the Institute of Law, Psychiatry and Public Policy, has received a grant to further explore issues involving juvenile competency—specifically, to assist in the implementation and evaluation of a system for treating youth who have been determined incompetent to stand trial. Warren received $435,000 for the first of four years from the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services, drawn from federal funds from the National Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.