The Death Penalty Should Not Be Imposed

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Death Penalty for Children 18 Years Old and Younger Around the World. The death penalty is really controversial issue in present days. Especially if is impose on children 18 years old and younger. In 2005 The United States Court held that execution of the offenders who are younger than 18 years is unconstitutional. However, 18 years is the age that children can still be executed and this law still exists. Currently, there are some states in the United States which execute children 18 years old. Historically the U.S. executed more juveniles than any other country in the world. We were on the first place and still we are. Thus, “a number of nations still allow for use of the death penalty…” (James, 185). Continually there are countries who allow execution of juveniles such as; China, Iran, Sudan, or Japan. Many other countries held that it is “cruel and unusual” (Arvin) punishment and should not be imposed either on juveniles nor adults. Capital punishment is a controversial issue globally. Children 18 years and younger should not be executed in any place in the world because it is unethical and they are immature. First, children at the age of 18 and younger, should not be executed because it is unethical and against their rights. Opponents argue that, there is nothing immoral in executing juveniles if they commit a crime such as murder or rape. If a juvenile kill someone or seriously injury, than it supposed to be sentenced to death. To commit a crime in such young age is unethical, not execute a delinquent for the purpose of punishment. Also, the U.S. Supreme Court for decades tried to find “of what was cruel and unusual with social standards…” (Arvin). In the final analysis, court held that only “tortures such as behead... ... middle of paper ... ...e prison. Of course life time may vary. To summarize, children 18 years old and younger should not be executed because it is unethical and against their rights. Death penalty for juveniles is “cruel and unusual punishment.” (Cohen 63) and it violate minors certain rights “such as equal protection and some freedom expression.”(Frelich). In addition, children 18 year and younger are immature and their brain still develop. They “do not have the mental capacity as an adults.” (Pacheco). Their brains are not fully developed until the age of 20-22. Finally, children in age of 18 and younger who commit a crime, can be rehabilitated instead of sentenced to death. There are other, less harsh options for youth defendant such as rehabilitation or Life Without Parole. Children are more likely to be rehabilitated than adults. They should have a chance to change their life.
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