The Eighth Amendment
( The 8th Amendment )
So what is the Eighth Amendment?
The Eighth Amendment protects Americans from the government placing cruel or unusual punishment upon them. The Constitution words it like this: "Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted."
Supreme Court case regarding the Eighth Amendment
Hudson vs Mcmillian, November 13, 1991. Keith Hudson was an inmate who was needlessly beaten by two officers as the supervisior watched. Hudson was in handcuffs and shackles and restrained while he was beaten for no reason. The Supreme account decided that the officers were breaking the Eighth Amendment. Because of this, the Supreme Court awarded Hudson with $800 for being needlessly beaten.