The Eighth Amendment’s prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment is not an issue when a mature adult commits an uncommonly heinous crime such as murder, rape or mayhem. When the defendant is a juvenile, however, and the juvenile’s sense of right and wrong is still developing, punishment can be so cruel and unsual that it violates the Eighth Amendment. At what point is this so? At what point is it not? To read answers to these questions, click on the following case summary where this was determined.