Elizabeth Caufmann's Research Cited in Supreme Court Case

June 2012

The U.S. Supreme Court's ruling Monday that states may not impose on juveniles mandatory life sentences without parole was influenced by a brief co-written by Elizabeth Cauffman, Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior. The brief, filed by the American Psychological Association, argued that research in developmental psychology and neuroscience shows that juveniles are less capable of mature judgement than adults, more vulnerable to negative influences, and have a greater capacity for change and reform than adult offenders.

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