APA offers expertise
to the court
APA provided key psychological evidence in
three important court cases in the last year.
BY HARRIET EDLESON
In 2012, the courts considered three issues of great relevance to psychology: juvenile sentencing, affirmative action and marriage equality. To ensure
that psychological research was considered in the various
rulings, APA filed several amicus briefs.
In June, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4
that the Eighth Amendment’s prohibition
of cruel and unusual punishment forbids
a manditory sentence of life in prison
without the possibility of parole for
juveniles convicted of homicide.
The ruling is in line with APA’s
amicus brief, which cites
research documenting that
adolescents’ brains are not
yet fully developed and, as
a result, teens can be more
reckless and impulsive