Why should the same crime receive the death penalty in one town and not another?What is the authors opoinion on the death penalty?
Where in the US Constitution is the death penalty a means afforded to the state?
Do people who commit horrible crimes deserve to die? Should the U.S. keep the death penalty?
The Eighth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution says:
“Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.”
The Eighth Amendment protects the rights of Americans after they have been convicted of a crime.
It protects people from cruel and unusual punishment. Cruel and unusual punishment means a really horrible punishment like torture. It also means a punishment that does not fit the crime.
The Eighth Amendment makes sure that you do not go to jail for jay walking. It also makes sure that you do not go to prison for life for stealing a little money.