Death Penalty for Juveniles

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Death Penalty for Juveniles: Is it Right? In October 1989, a month after turning seventeen, Dwayne Wright went on a violent crime spree that lead to a robbery, attempted rape, and shooting of thirty-three year old Saba Tekle. When caught the next day, Dwayne confessed to the police and was tried in 1991. Before this crime, Dwayne grew up in a poor family and lived in a deprived neighborhood. He was exposed to criminal drug activities along …

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…children have a very special place in life which law should reflect”. (Why Protect) Today this universal truth has been reflected in the almost worldwide acceptance of the fact that juvenile offenders should be excluded from the death penalty. “We have always recognized that the essential meaning of childhood is that you will change. It’s legitimate to say they should be punished, but not to say they will never change,” says Stevenson. (Why protect)