Juvenile death penalty 10-18-06

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Brandon Delp English 102 December 8, 2006 Ms. White Final Draft Juveniles: Ineligible to Receive Death Penalty When someone is found guilty of committing a heinous capital crime such as premeditated murder, what is the appropriate punishment for their offense? It is an extremely difficult decision to be made and is therefore a highly debated issue in the world today. To make this issue even more complicated, what if it is a juvenile, someone under the age of 18, who has committed the severe crime? The death penalty, or capital punishment, is the harshest penalty a convict can receive. It is used when a criminal commits a capital offense. Capital offenses vary by state throughout the United States and include crimes such as first degree premeditated murder, murder involved with another crime such as rape or robbery, and the federal crime of treason. Capital punishment is designed to punish those who commit exceptionally severe crimes. The two main goals of capital punishment are retribution and deterrence (Cecil and James 291, 295). In 2005, China, Iran, Saudi Arabia and the United States were the only countries that implemented the death penalty (Quindlen 1). Currently in the United States there are 38 states that authorize the death penalty, 23 of which allow the death penalty to be used for criminals who have committed a capital crime prior to their 18 th birthday (Anne 294). The first juvenile to be sentenced to death and later executed was over 350 years ago. Since then, there have been 365 juveniles put to death. In more recent times, since 1976, there have been 22 juveniles executed for capital crimes (“Juvenile” 4). Delp 1
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Although a juvenile committing a capital crime is not an event that arises often, it is an issue that causes great controversy in America today. As with any issue, there are two sides of the story. Some believe a punishment should be based on the severity of the crime committed, no matter the age of the convict. For example, when you purposely take the life of another human being it is only right for your life to be taken in return. Furthermore, when a juvenile commits a gruesome murder, when convicted, he/she should receive a sentence that fits the crime they have committed. Many feel there is no difference between a juvenile and an adult committing the same crime. For example, a Warwick police department captain agrees with this by saying, “He’s not a child. When you kill somebody when you’re fifteen years old and you wipe out an entire family and kill in the manor in which he killed, you’re not a child anymore” (Glassner 73). Juvenile death penalty supporters also believe that as an adolescent, the brain not being fully developed is not an excusable justification for killing someone in cold blood.
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