Each country has its own laws for the commission of capital crimes. On the one hand, there are some countries that allow the execution of 16 and 17 years olds juveniles. Others, on the other hand, have already banned executions. “In death penalty for Juveniles”, Charles Mantaldo presents different views on whether or not executing teenagers is uncivilized and immoral.
Those who favor keeping the death penalty for juveniles argue that in a society, which is experiencing an increase in violence by juveniles, death penalty may reduce crime rates. Another argument put forward in favor of death penalty is that it permanently removes the worst criminals from society, and it is much safer for the rest of us.
On the contrary, those who are opposed claim that executing children is immoral and uncivilized. Nowadays, a high percentage of juveniles on death row have suffered from mental and physical abuse, drug addiction, and severe poverty. Supporters also argue that most of juveniles have mental and emotional problems; their brain’s areas are underdeveloped and immature. Therefore, they should not be held culpable. Besides, they consider death penalty irreversible because it abuses one of our basic human rights, the right to live.
In summary, both sides present convincing arguments. I strongly agree that every person who harms another should be punished, but they should also be rehabilitated. Juvenile rehabilitation programs, based on the teaching of moral and affective values, could be a possible solution to help offenders to go back to the community as a responsible and honest individual.