cruel and unusual punishment

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Noun1.cruel and unusual punishment - punishment prohibited by the 8th amendment to the U.S. Constitution; includes torture or degradation or punishment too severe for the crime committed
penalisation, penalization, penalty, punishment - the act of punishing
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Excessive bail shall not be required nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.
Like Ohio's glacial execution of Dennis McGuire in January, Arizona's execution of Wood was an egregious violation of the condemned's constitutional protection against cruel and unusual punishment - a punishment that made death by electric chair or firing squad, even the guillotine, look humane by comparison.
Supreme Court decision holding that it is cruel and unusual punishment for states to require all juveniles who commit the crime of murder to be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole, and a decision rendered last year by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruling that all juveniles convicted of first-degree murder under the age of 18 must be eligible for parole.
The concepts of cruel and unusual punishment and substantive due process become so close as to merge when the substantive due process argument is stated in the following manner: because capital punishment deprives an individual of a fundamental right (i.
That's because their union protects them from cruel and unusual punishment.
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No cruel and unusual punishment is to be inflicted; it is sometimes necessary to hang a man, villains often deserve whipping, and perhaps having their ears cut off; but are we, in future, to be prevented from inflicting these punishments because they are cruel?
The Court stated that, "General considerations fall far short in themselves of proving cruel and unusual punishment, for there is no evidence that double celling under these circumstances either inflicts unnecessary or wanton pain or is grossly disproportionate to the severity of crimes warranting imprisonment.
A state prison inmate sued prison officials, alleging that officers inflicted cruel and unusual punishment on him in violation of the Eighth Amendment during an altercation.
Either the imposition of a particular sentence, or the conduct of corrections officials in carrying out a sentence, may be challenged under the Eighth Amendment prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment.
This institutional sexual abuse is cruel and unusual punishment, forbidden by the Constitution, yet until the recent Prison Rape Reduction Act, it has either been ignored or been the subject of bad jokes.