IAFMHS CONFERENCE ANTWERP 2018
JUN 12 - 14
Miller v. Alabama, Juvenile Sentencing, and What Forensic Clinicians Can Provide
THOMAS GRISSO, PhD
June 23, 2016
The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Miller v. Alabama (2012) abolished mandatory life without parole sentences for persons convicted of homicide committed in their juvenile years. It required a judicial consideration of mitigating circumstances associated with adolescent immaturity. How can we best conceptualize the relevant developmental factors with which courts are concerned in these sentencing cases? What can forensic mental health examiners provide the courts to assist them in weighing those factors?