In this case study, you will explore the death penalty as it relates to juveniles. Hopefully, this assignment will assist in learning how complex and significant the Roper v. Simmons case was in the juvenile justice system. The completed assignment should utilize the following document as well as one outside resource. The article reading is attached. Roper v. Simmons, 543 U.S. 551 (2005). Retrieved from http://www.npr.org/documents/2005/mar/scotus_juvenile.pdf
Be sure to include the following components in your paper: Provide a brief description of the background of the court case. Include a discussion on the U.S. Supreme Court decision. What did they consider? Include a discussion on the status of the death penalty as it had previously related to juveniles. Provide your opinion on the juvenile death penalty and the U.S. Supreme Court’s opinion. Given your readings on the three main waivers used in the juvenile justice system to transfer adolescents to adult court, which waiver was best suited for the Roper v. Simmons case? Explain your reasoning. The completed case study should be at least two pages in length. All sources used must be referenced; paraphrased and quoted material must have accompanying citations in APA style. Information about accessing the grading rubric for this assignment is provided below.
Below are some more resources that can be used:
American Psychological Association. (n.d.). Roper v. Simmons. Retrieved from http://www.apa.org/about/offices/ogc/amicus/roper.aspx
The Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth. (n.d.). Roper v. Simmons (2005). Retrieved from http://fairsentencingofyouth.org/roper-v-simmons-2005/
Capital Punishment in Context. (n.d.). Roper v. Simmons. Retrieved from http://www.capitalpunishmentincontext.org/resources/casesummaries/roper