The Eighth Amendment

By: Sunny Stover Block: 2 Date: 12/11/14

Freedom from cruel and unusual punishment

Excessive bail shall not be required, no excessive fines imposed, no cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.

Court Case

In 1789 12 people were arrested and charged with violating the Smith act each person received a different bail amount ranging from $2,500 to $100,000. The Supreme Court saw it unfit for a bail amount to be that high based on the Eighth Amendment.

Created Bill of Rights Scenario

About 3 years ago my great Uncle Joe was in prison and I went to see him. He told me that he was in a very bad condition and that the prison wouldn't give him the proper medical attention that he needed. As soon as I heard that I left and went home to tell my parents. My parents found someone to tell and my uncle was treated and was let out of prison about a year later.