The influence of neuroscience on US Supreme Court decisions about adolescents' criminal culpability

  title={The influence of neuroscience on US Supreme Court decisions about adolescents' criminal culpability},
  author={Laurence D. Steinberg},
  journal={Nature Reviews Neuroscience},
  • L. Steinberg
  • Published 1 July 2013
  • Psychology
  • Nature Reviews Neuroscience
In the past 8 years, the US Supreme Court has issued landmark opinions in three cases that involved the criminal culpability of juveniles. In the most recent case, in 2012, a ruling prohibited states from mandating life without parole for crimes committed by minors. In these cases, the Court drew on scientific studies of the adolescent brain in concluding that adolescents, by virtue of their inherent psychological and neurobiological immaturity, are not as responsible for their behaviour as… 

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