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A Modern Understanding of a Long Ago Confession and a Boy’s Execution — Juvenile Justice Information Exchange

Executive Director Daniel Macallair provided his take on the case:

What happened to George Stinney Jr., he says, shows how quick and easy it is to descend into barbarity” if laws are in place to allow it. Stinney’s execution at his young age, he notes, was an official sanction through statute.

As a result it became perfectly OK for prosecutors to pursue this penalty on a 14-year-old,” he says, on a child whose feet wouldn’t touch the ground when they put him in the chair.”