Capital Punishment Should Be Legal

933 WordsApr 9, 20154 Pages
One of the most controversial issues in the country today is addressed in the question, should capital punishment be applied to minors and, if so how young it too young? Although, capital punishment has been a part of the United States for many years, the United States still have yet to figure out how to solve all its dilemmas and whether or not capital punishment should be administered to minors. Debates about the use of capital punishment for juveniles have grown increasingly intense, within the last ten years, because of the alarming increase of serious and violent crimes that demand for harsher punishment. In 2005, the U.S. Supreme Court outlawed capital punishment for juveniles who were under the age of eighteen at the time of the crimes, because they believe it violates the Eighth Amendment ban on cruel and unusual punishment. Although, capital punishment seems as a severe consequence for children under the age of eighteen, the punishment should fit the crime regardless of age. Critics of capital punishment believe minors should be excluded because their brains are not fully developed; thus minors make rash, impulsive decisions that cannot fully understand the impact or consequences of their actions. Scientific research shows that the human brain does not fully develop until the age of twenty-five. Which causes the debate of, why does the death penalty apply to individuals, ages eighteen to twenty-four, if their brains are also, not fully developed. The legal age of
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