What does the 8th amendment protect?

What does the 8th amendment protect?

The Eighth Amendment protects from excessive bail and “cruel and unusual” punishments. Here’s what that means for you.

Bail is considered excessive when it is much higher than what is usually imposed. The point of bail is not to disincentivize people from leaving jail — it’s to incentivize them to appear in court.

Punishment is considered cruel and unusual when it is too severe for a crime and includes acts such as torture, bodily harm, and humiliation.


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