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What does the eighth amendment prohibit?
November 15, 2011 1:30AM
excessive bail and fines; and also cruel punishment
it was there to excessive bail and fines; and also cruel punishment
The eighth amendment does not allow crueal and unusual punishments such as disemboweling, beheading, and pulling you into four pieces by horses. They did declare the death penalty unconstitutional until 1976, since then 628 inmates have been executed. The most common way to kill is by lethal injection, which takes about 7 minutes to do so.