Evaluating Youth Facing Long Term Sentences in Adult Court | Saturday, September 26, 2020
Since the Supreme Court’s decision in Roper v. Simmons, the death penalty cannot be imposed on youthful offenders. When minors are transferred to criminal court, however, they still face lengthy sentences ranging from twenty plus years to Life Without Parole. The focus of this workshop is conducting developmentally sensitive sentencing evaluations of these youth and presenting findings in court, with much of the information being relevant to evaluating adults who were previously sentenced to extended sentences in criminal court and are returning to court to be resentenced (i.e., Miller/Graham proceedings).
Psychologists attending this program will be able to:
- describe the holdings of key US Supreme Court cases regarding sentencing youthful offenders, and the implications for evaluation,
- describe and employ a model for conducting developmentally sensitive sentencing evaluations of youth appearing in criminal court, and
- identify ethical challenges they are most likely to encounter when conducting these evaluations.