Child Executions in the United States

The Supreme Court abolished child executions in 2005 in  Roper V Simmons. It was a 5-4 decision, with Rehnquist, O’Connor, Scalia, and Thomas voting in favor of continuing to execute minors. The United States has executed 22 juveniles since 1976, 13 of them from Texas. There were 29 juvenile offenders on death row in Texas, and 14 in Alabama at the time of the ruling.

5-4 Supreme Court Abolishes Juvenile Execution by Charles Lane Washington Post Staff Writer Wednesday, March 2, 2005

I have been reading about the international outrage that the world feels about the child executions in Muslim countries. It wasn’t so long ago that the United States was doing the exact same thing. It is still terribly wrong – both then and now.

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