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Too Young By Aaron Dechant English Comp I A Mr Keller 25 October 1996 In 1643 a sixteen year old boy was put to death for sodomizing a cow Three hundred and fifty years later sixteen states have legitimized the execution of juveniles Four of those twelve states have lowered the legal age of execution to twelve For whatever reasons the death penalty has been supported by the public since this countrys existence In this day and age of increasing violence both juvenile and adult it is time to re-examine the use of the death penalty as the ultimate solution to crime The social repercussions of enforcing the state executions of juveniles far outweigh any of the benefits that may be gained The cry for the death penalty is most loudly heard when referring to it as use of a deterrent According to Allen Kale it is estimated that about 76 of the American public support the use of the death penalty as a deterrent however that support drops to less than 9 when referring specifically to juveniles Kale 1 The mindset of the American public seems to be drastically different when dealing juveniles And yet with only 9 of the public supporting the policy it remains in effect Another strong outcry for the death penalty comes from those wanting restitution for the death of a loved one It is the thought that a life is the ultimate price to pay which fuels this argument The delineation between adults and juveniles is much less clear on this point Age doesnt seem to make much of a difference when dealing with restitution Putting an individual to death seems to put the minds of certain individuals at ease This argument is what makes that 9 seem to be the vast
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