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Volume 5 Issue 4 (Autumn (Fall) 1987), Pages fmi-fmi, 381-494

The juvenile death penalty: A frustrated society's attempt for control (pages 447-455)


The United States is alone among western industrialized nations in allowing a provision for the juvenile death penalty. Specifically, 92% of the juveniles presently sentenced to death were convicted under a felony‐murder doctrine which eliminates the state's burden of proving the mens rea requirement for murder. The high rate of felony‐murder convictions of juveniles on death row is highly inconsistent with theories of punishment which have traditionally been used to support the death penalty.

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