Juvenile Death Penalty

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.

There are many arguments in favor of and against this ruling. Use the Discussion Board to post your opinion of this ruling, in the context of any or all of the following:

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

Victim’s rights

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