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Benforado’s New Book on Children’s Rights Garners Media Attention

Professor Adam Benforado

February 21, 2023

Adam Benforado, professor of law at Drexel University’s Kline School of Law, has been garnering attention from top media outlets for his new book, “A Minor Revolution: How Prioritizing Kids Benefits Us All.” Released earlier this month, the book examines the impact of what Benforado sees as our country’s maltreatment of children.

“In many ways, the biggest threat to kids comes not from our deliberate actions to disadvantage children, but from our neglect,” Benforado writes in a Feb.13 TIME op-ed about changing policies to put kids first in a way that benefits everyone. “But we all need to wake up. We must stop being passive when it comes to children’s welfare.”

Book cover of A Minor Revolution by Drexel Kline Law Professor Adam Benforado

He is also quoted in a Feb. 13 article in which he discusses a number of topics from his book, such as lowering the age to vote. Compared to in the past, he says, “We know so much more about what is good and bad for young people, but we do so much less about it.” 

“A Minor Revolution is a major revelation,” says Daniel H. Pink, No. 1 New York Times bestselling author of “The Power of Regret, Drive, and A Whole New Mind.” “With a prosecutor’s precision and a reformer’s passion, Adam Benforado has crafted an agenda-setting book—one that offers a startling look at the present and a hopeful path for the future.”

Benforado’s principal scholarly focus is on criminal justice and children’s rights. He is particularly interested in bringing insights from the mind sciences—most notably cognitive psychology—to law and legal theory. Collaborating with psychologists on novel experiments, Benforado is committed to developing a more realistic understanding of the behavior of legal actors. He was awarded a National Science Foundation grant for his empirical work investigating human intuitions about punishment.

Benforado’s acclaimed first book, “Unfair: The New Science of Criminal Injustice,” was a New York Times bestseller and received a variety of honors.

Drexel Kline Law is hosting a book signing and reception for “A Minor Revolution” at the Kline Institute of Trial Advocacy on Tuesday, Feb. 21.