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The Juvenile Death Sentence Until March 1, 2005, the United States was the only nation in the world that permitted the execution of children under the age of eighteen. The death penalty itself is a barbaric practice taken from a less informed and refined age; however, the idea of applying this grotesque penalty to a child is even more uncivilized. Punishing an individual under the age of eighteen who commits a wrongdoing with death is absurd. I am against the juvenile death sentence because of the differences that exist between juveniles and adults. The death penalty denies the individual a chance for rehabilitation; it is a detriment to society, and a violation of the eighth amendment. There is a stark difference between juveniles and adults. Individuals under the age of eighteen are children in all other standards of society. Children lack both maturity and a sense of responsibility. It does not make sense that a juvenile cannot purchase cigarettes, vote, serve on a jury, or consume alcohol, but is able to be sentenced to death
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