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    What are the main provisions of the 8th Amendment? Explain both sides of the debate pertaining to cruel and unusual punishment and the related constitutional issues. Is ethics involved in this debate? If so, how?

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    The Eighth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution reads: Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.

    The Eighth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, ratified in 1791, has three provisions. The Cruel and Unusual Punishment Clause restricts the severity of punishments that state and federal governments may impose upon persons who have been convicted of a criminal offense. The Excessive Fines Clause limits the amount that state and federal governments may fine a person for a particular crime. The Excessive Bail Clause restricts judicial discretion in setting bail for the release of persons ...

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    This solution lists the main provisions of the 8th Amendment and explains both sides of the surrounding debate, the applicable constitutional issues, and whether or not ethics is involved in this debate.