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January 18, 2020

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Juveniles and the Death Penalty
Last Featured: 11/15/2004

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Is there hope for youngsters who kill? Death penalty proponents say an effective deterrent must be applied evenly across the board – no exceptions. Murder, they argue, is not simply a youthful indiscretion and adult-like atrocities should have adult-like consequences. But in a case now before the U.S. Supreme Court that has garnered international attention, opponents sharply question equating adults and juveniles in capital cases. No where else in our society do we treat minors as we do adults. If we have any faith in rehabilitation, they ask, wouldn’t minors have the most to gain?

Paul Ebert served as Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney before being elected Prince William County Commonwealth’s Attorney in 1968. He has been re-elected eight times. Ebert is Past President of the Virginia Commonwealth’s Attorneys Association and Founder/First Chairman of the Commonwealth’s Attorneys Training & Services Council. He established local Crimesolvers and McGruff House programs and is a member of the Northern Virginia Community College Police Science Advisory Committee. Ebert served on the Governor’s Task Force for the Effective Prosecution of Domestic Violence and the Virginia Legislative Task Force for Juvenile Justice Reform. He is a recipient of numerous awards for trial advocacy.

Marsha Levick is Legal Director and co-founder of the Juvenile Law Center where she served as the organization’s first Executive Director. In 1982, Levick left to become the Legal Director, and then Executive Director, of the NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund. In 1995, Levick returned to the Center. She worked with the Pennsylvania Supreme Court on juvenile court rules and the American Bar Association's taskforce on standards for prosecuting juveniles in the adult justice system. Levick serves on the management committee of the National Juvenile Defender Center and teaches at the law schools of the University of Pennsylvania and Temple University.

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"Many that live deserve death. And some die that deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then be not too eager to deal out death in the name of justice, fearing for your own safety. Even the wise cannot see all ends."

— J. R. R. Tolkien

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American Bar Association
The Death Penalty Information Center
U.S. Department of Justice – Bureau of Justice Statistics
Murder Victims’ Families for Reconciliation
National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty
Pro-Death Penalty.com
Commentary in the Boston Globe
The Death Penalty: An American History
by Stuart Banner
Young Blood: Juvenile Justice and the Death Penalty
by Shirley Dicks
The Right to a Jury Trial
Bail Bondsmen, Bounty Hunters and Private Prisons
Innovations in Policing