The Pros And Cons Of Capital Punishment

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There have been many studies conducted to establish a conclusion as to why individuals engage in malicious actions which unfortunately have not derived to a single conclusion. The reason so is that individuals engage in crimes base on different reasons, some of which are strikingly seen in juveniles. At the age of youth, children are curios and wanting to try new things while at the same time adjusting and trying to find their meaning in life. The environment and leaders in a child’s life are such influential that a wrong move may diverge them into the wrong path of criminal actions. When imposing punishments on these juveniles, it hard to find the correct punishment, especially when dealing with imposing the death penalty. As we know, the death penalty is intended to remove the life of an individual who poses threat into society if reintegrated as well as serve as ultimate punishment for heinous crimes. This paper focuses on viewing a court case that dealt with capital punishment on a juvenile and its outcome. The reasons why juveniles may engage in crime are looked at, as well as the positive and negative aspects of the death penalty.

Through history many court case rulings that have made a drastic impact or change in our nation. In order to have a change in how our laws are incorporated, there must have been a crime that occurred which was dealt with differently than prior cases. One major issue that is still dealt with is, Should the death penalty be imposed on juveniles? This is an issue that has called for debate through history since it is dealing with taking the life of a child or a murderer who committed a crime as a child. A case that created a major change in such category was Roper v. Simmons, which became...

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...childhood experiences can help a juvenile seek the right path to a better future.
Conclusion
An individual under the age of 18 is still considered a child and sometimes engage in actions they have not thoroughly thought out for consequences. Putting a child to death sounds barbaric, especially if their actions do not resonate with mature intention. A child murder should not endure death penalty because it construes as cruel and unusual treatment towards a young individual. If there are other alternatives to the death penalty that serve to punish the offender then such measures should be used. The best punishment addressed by many court officials and individuals in our society is life in prison without the chance of probation or parole. It is then that the offender, whether juvenile or adult, should contemplate on their wrong doings for life incarcerated in a cell.
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