In 1992, the United States ratified the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. Article 6(5) of this international human rights doctrine requires that the death penalty not be used on those who committed their crimes when they were below the age of 18.
Who is exempt from death penalty?
Offenders under the age of 18 are exempt from the death penalty. Developments in brain science have renewed debate about whether young adults should also be excluded.
What are arguments against the death penalty?
The most common and most cogent argument against capital punishment is that sooner or later, innocent people will get killed, because of mistakes or flaws in the justice system. Witnesses, (where they are part of the process), prosecutors and jurors can all make mistakes.
What are 2 arguments for the death penalty?
Arguments in favour of capital punishmentRetribution.Deterrence.Rehabilitation.Prevention of re-offending.Closure and vindication.Incentive to help police.A Japanese argument.