In late February, 2005, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the death penalty is “unconstitutionally cruel” when applied to people who committed the crime for which they were sentenced, before they reached age 18. The Court ruled that the death penalty cannot be applied to people who committed their crimes as juveniles.
The ruling’s adherence to or differences from the intent of the juvenile justice system, as it has evolved over the years
The ruling’s ethical implications
How the reasoning behind this ruling could or could not be applied to certain offenders in the criminal (adult) justice system
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