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Lesson 17: Eighth Amendment: What Constitutes Cruel and Unusual Punishment?

Eighth Amendment

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

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand and explain the Constitutional protections against excessive punishment in Eighth Amendment.


  1. Read the National Constitution Center on the Eighth Amendment.
  2. Watch the Khan Academy video on the Eighth Amendment.

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