Juvenile Death Penalty ?

The Eighth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, adopted as part of the Bill of Rights in 1791 as a protection on individual rights, bans infliction of cruel and unusual punishment.  Practically, this law forbids some punishments entirely, and others that are excessive compared to the crime or capacity of the person who committed it. The main question that arises with regard to applying and enforcing this constitutional right is ‘What constitutes cruel and unusual punishments, and under what circumstances does the punishment become considered excessive?’

Should juveniles be excluded from the death penalty? At what age should the line be drawn?<Read More>