Overview: What Do Forensic Psychologists Do?

August 26, 2021

History Forensic psychology emerged as early as the 1950s and was historically described as “the role of psychology in the criminal justice system.” Forensic psychology has been a subfield in psychology for decades but was formally recognized as a specialty area by the American Psychological Association in 2001 (APA, 2001). Forensic psychological practice has expanded drastically since then. Psychologists have always been involved in almost......
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Foucha v. Louisiana, 504 U.S. 71 (1992)

July 26, 2021

This blog article will address the significance of a U.S. Supreme court case that discussed the criteria for continued commitment of a person who was found not guilty by reason of insanity. Terry Foucha was charged with aggravated burglary and illegal discharge of a firearm. He had burglarized a home and discharged a firearm in the direction of a law enforcement officer that was responding......
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Franklin Hearing Evaluations and How We Approach Such Cases

June 1, 2021

Franklin Hearings have become common in juvenile delinquency court, especially since the passage of prop 57 (where the District Attorney Office is no longer able to direct file a petition against a minor in adult court regardless of age or seriousness of offense). Specifically, in Los Angeles County, District Attorney Gascon has issued “special directives” that no juveniles will be tried as adults. As such,......
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The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Juvenile Justice

Adverse Childhood Experiences, known as ACEs, was a term that originated in a groundbreaking study (known as the ACE study) in 1995 by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Kaiser Permanente, a health care organization in California. It is one of the largest investigations of childhood abuse and neglect, and how it affects later-life health and wellbeing (CDC.gov, 2021). ACEs are potentially traumatic events......
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