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Although there are many different views and points to look at when discussing capital punishment juvenile offenders should be excluded from the death penalty because capital punishment is cruel inhumane and barbaric Capital punishment does not belong in the penal system of any modern progressing culture Is it really up to our justice system to decide ones fate Is it up to our nation to decide whether to kill or not to kill the killers When turning on the television radio or simply opening the local newspaper one is bombarded with news of arrests murders homicides serial killers and other things So what should be done about this crime rate More and more children are becoming murderers The reason is obvious they see that if they kill someone they go to jail get the death penalty and the government who they know as the good guy kills them for punishment Lesson learned the finger is pointing to its own actions Learning morals is only as hard as people make it Why complicate things Sentencing children to death reflects a conflict between a criminal justice system that has grown more punishing and our basic understanding that all children can grow to lead normal and productive lives if given nurturing and positive support 1 As the Supreme Court recognized Youth crime as such is not the offenders fault offenses by the young also represent a failure of family school and the social system which share responsibility for the development of Americas youth 2 This national failure can be seen in the lives of every child on death row Dalton Prejeans life is one example When only two-weeks old Dalton was abandoned by his mother 1 By the age of 13 he was diagnosed as schizophrenic Although considered a danger to himself and others Dalton was released from medical care when funding for treatment was cut Thereafter at age 17 he killed a police officer Despite a
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