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NCJ Number: 119868 Find in a Library
Title: United States of America: United States Supreme Court Rulings Allow Execution of Juvenile Offenders and the Mentally Retarded
Corporate Author: Amnesty International
International Secretariat
United Kingdom
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 4
Sponsoring Agency: Amnesty International
London WC1X 8DJ, England
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: On June 26, 1989, the United States Supreme Court ruled by five to four in three separate cases that the execution of juvenile offenders and the mentally retarded is permissible under the United States Constitution and does not violate the Eighth Amendment's prohibition of cruel and unusual punishment.
Abstract: However, imposing death sentences on juveniles is in clear contravention of international treaties and standards on human rights. In addition, in May 1989 the United Nations Economic and Social Council adopted a resolution opposing the death penalty for persons suffering from mental retardation or extremely limited mental competence.
Main Term(s): Juvenile capital punishment
Index Term(s): Abolishment of capital punishment; Cruel and unusual punishment; Offenders with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities
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