English Comp. I A
25 October 1996
In 1643 a sixteen year old boy was put to death for sodomizing a cow. Three
hundred and fifty years later, sixteen states have legitimized the execution of juveniles.
Four of those twelve states have lowered the legal age of execution to twelve. For
whatever reasons the death penalty has been supported by the public since this country's
existence. In this day and age of increasing violence, both juvenile and adult, it is time to
re-examine the use of the death penalty as the ultimate solution to crime. The social
repercussions of enforcing the state executions of juveniles far outweigh any of the benefits
that may be gained.
The cry for the death penalty is most loudly heard when referring to it as use of a
deterrent. According to Allen Kale 'it is estimated that about 76% of the American public
support the use of the death penalty as a deterrent, however that support drops to less than
9% when referring specifically to juveniles.' (Kale 1) The mindset of the American public
seems to be drastically different when dealing juveniles. And yet, with only 9% of the
public supporting the policy, it remains in effect.
Another strong outcry for the death penalty comes from those wanting restitution
for the death of a loved one. It is the thought that a life is the ultimate price to pay which
fuels this argument. The delineation between adults and juveniles is much less clear on this
point. Age doesn't seem to make much of a difference when dealing with restitution. Putting
an individual to death seems to put the minds of certain individuals at ease. This argument
is what makes that 9% seem to be the vast majority.
Death Penalty essays:
This paper discusses the evolution of the death penalty in the US and arguments for and against its application to juveniles.
... death penalty could be imposed. Sentencing a 15-year-old under this type of statute violated the standard for special care and deliberation required in capital cases. The outcome of the decision was that a State's execution of a juvenile ...
Social analysis of death penalty/capital punishment. The capital punishment system is broken; why and how it is flawed.
... per execution, compared to about $535,000 for an average of 40 years for each prisoner sentenced to life. This alone should be reason enough to abolish the death penalty in the United States. Taxpayer ...
... contrary, juveniles are and should be sentenced the death penalty. The execution of juveniles is legal and practiced in the majority of states that administer the death penalty, the ...
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... non-death penalty states. If the death penalty really deterred murders then it should have opposite results. The expense of putting someone to death is gigantic compared to keeping someone in jail for life. The cost of executing someone ...
... US states provide the Death Penalty and 50 to 75 executions occur each year throughout the US. Personally I think that no state should ... the Death Penalty for killing a man. When a twelve year old boy who ... there time to go. People have to die sooner or later. It is just like saying that we should put all ...
... been executed in the past and statistics show that several innocent people are convicted of capital crimes in the United States each year. This only means we need to make changes towards fixing the problem. Eliminating the death penalty would ...
The Death Penalty: Is the death penalty effective? Is it necessary? elaborate on how it affects society and the fact that innocent people can be unfairly executed
... the state Supreme Court. After that, he may file a number of different appeals. Finally, about ten years later, after every legal attempt and delay tactic has been exhausted, the murderer is executed. As ...