Amendment VIII

Constitutional Amendment

What does the Amendment mean?

"Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted."

Current Event including this amendment?

"In 2000, Wendy Pyburn was imprisoned in Iowa for prostitution. Although her schizophrenia symptoms had been controlled through medication before she entered the prison system, the authorities withheld medication once she was in the system, and she began to suffer classic symptoms of schizophrenia, such as hallucinations and disordered thinking, leading to disciplinary problems."

When was the Amendment added?

in 1791