Essay on The Death Penalty Should Not Be Legal

1204 Words Feb 1st, 2016 5 Pages
Exodus 20:13 states “Thou shalt not kill”. As a society, we recognize that children, those under the age of eighteen, cannot and do not function as adults (American Civil Liberties Union, par. 1). People under the age of eighteen are confined to many rights due to their inability to exercise mature judgement; the law prohibits these people from voting, serving in the military, and serving jury duty until they reach the legal age of 18 which is considered adulthood. Although murder is inadmissible and deserves some form of punishment; however, the punishment should not be to take away a life of another. Juveniles under the age of eighteen should not have to face the death penalty due to not being able to function as an adult, the decision itself should not be decided by man, and due to the 8th amendment. Not only is murder a sin it is also a contemptible action. An action that juveniles should not have face. A primary purpose of the juvenile justice system is to hold juvenile offenders accountable for delinquent acts while providing treatment, rehabilitative services, and programs designed to prevent future involvement in law-violating behavior (Cothern, 1). Adolescents have been given an opportunity to receive a second chance to present well behaved manors. The juvenile justice system was established in 1899 due to harsh treatments children received in the criminal justice system. Provided the recognition of developmental differences of children and adult caused the…

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