August 16, 2012

U.S. Executions Ignore the Science of Intelligence

NewScientist, NewScientist


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FEW topics invoke such passionate feelings in the US as the death penalty, especially when applied to convicts with the intellectual capacity of children.

In 2002, the US Supreme Court ruled that executing people with an intellectual disability was unconstitutional, citing a "national consensus" against it. Unfortunately the ruling failed to end the practice, in that it left it up to individual states and courts to decide how to assess intellectual disability.

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