Jump to navigation Skip navigation. As a society, we recognize that children, those under 18 years old, can not and do not function as adults. That is why the law takes special steps to protect children from the consequences of their actions and often seeks to ameliorate the harm cause when children make wrong choices by giving them a second chance. The law prohibits people under eighteen from voting, serving in the military and on juries, but in some states, they can be executed for crimes they committed before they reach adulthood. The United States Supreme Court prohibits execution for crimes committed at the age of fifteen or younger.
Juveniles and the Death Penalty
Capital punishment for juveniles in the United States - Wikipedia
Please enter the email address that you use to login to TeenInk. The death penalty, also known as capital punishment, has been in American History for a very long time. There have been 13, executions since colonial times. It is a cruel and very unusual punishment. It was suspended in , but was reinforced in They believed it broke the eighth amendment talking about cruel punishment. Why was it brought back?
The Death Penalty in the United States, Explained
In , when I first interviewed James Morgan, he was on death row in Florida, sentenced to die in the electric chair for murdering a widow in a small town north of Palm Beach. He killed her when he was 16 years old. Nothing could describe what Morgan did to year-old Gertrude Trbovich, a widow who lived on a narrow drive where homes sat on manicured lawns, flanked by hibiscus and palm trees.
A Saudi teenager held for more than four years without charge faces possible execution for acts he is accused of having committed when he was as young as 10, according to human rights groups tracking his case. A death sentence for the teenager, Murtaja Qureiris, now 18, would be what the groups called one of the most egregious violations of legal protections for children in the world. The defendant was arrested at age 13 and has been in jail since. The charges against him, some from three years before the arrest, are related to his participation in antigovernment protests and include possessing a firearm and joining a terrorist organization. The Saudi human rights group also said Murtaja had been held for years without charge, first in solitary confinement and without access to a lawyer, before he was coerced into a confession.