We Should Not Impose the Death Penalty Juvenile Offenders

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“When a juvenile commits a heinous crime, the State can assert forfeiture of the most basic liberties, but the State cannot extinguish one’s life and his potential to attain a mature understanding of his own humanity.” - (U. S. Supreme Court: Roper v. Simmons- No. 03-633, 2005) In Roper v. Simmons Courts observed that juveniles are not adults and lack responsibility and can easily fall into peer pressure. (Champion, 2013) There are many different factors that attribute to juvenile offenders’ actions, most are not entirely under their control. Three main factors: 1) Brain development hinders juvenile’s ability to refrain from impulsive behavior 2) Most youthful offenders have been brought up in an un-nurturing environment 3) The possibility of the death penalty does not have much effect on the juveniles. Medical research indicates that the part of the brain that controls impulsiveness in adolescents is not fully developed until the early twenties, thus juveniles are desensitizing to dangerous behavior. It’s unfortunate that most juveniles who commit violent crimes are prone to self-destruction. A child who is brought up in a broken home lacking nurturing, love and discipline is more likely to commit violent crimes: the lack of maturity and the ability to understand the repercussions of their actions such as a possible death sentence is a concept that is foreign to juveniles. (Streib, 2004) Considering the above factors, administering the death penalty to juveniles should be regarded as cruel and unusual punishment. When a juvenile commits a heinous crime the juvenile should be punished to the extent necessary, but not put to death. Putting the juvenile to death does not help anyone, it does not ease the recovery of the vic... ... middle of paper ... ...ddle River, N. J.: Pearson Education, 2013. Print. Ortiz, Adam. "Cruel and Unusual Punishment: The Juvenile Death Penalty Adolescence, Brain Development and Legal Culpability." Juvenile Justice Center (Jan. 2004): n. pag. American Bar Association. Jan. 2004. Web. 11 Dec. 2013. . Crocker, Phyllis L. "Childhood Abuse and Adult Murder: Implications for the Death Penalty."Articles and Essays (1999): n. pag. Http://engagedscholarship.csuohio.edu/. 01 Jan. 1999. Web. 11 Dec. 2013. http://engagedscholarship.csuohio.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1278&context=fac_articles Rosenblatt, Roger. "The Killing of Kayla." Time Magazine 05 Mar. 2000: n. pag. Web. 12 Dec. 2013. ..

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