Eighth Amendment

Excessive Fines, Cruel and Unusual Punishment

Passed by Congress September 25, 1789. Ratified December 15, 1791. The first 10 amendments form the Bill of Rights

Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.

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The Eighth Amendment

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