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Argumentative Essay On The 8th Amendment

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You don't have to worry about a criminal committing the same crime twice, why? Because they won't be alive to even think about it!. The Eighth Amendment to the United States Constitution states “Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.”, in other words, it protects American citizens from excessive or unnecessary punishments, fines, and bails. However, the death penalty is still an exception to “cruel and unusual punishments” when the punishment does not violate the standards of the Eighth Amendment. Based on the creation of death penalty in the eighth amendment, the constitution can be claimed as an inconsistently valuable but viable document in modern America. The death penalty also known as capital punishment is one that brings a lot of controversies but at the same time has been practiced throughout history in different forms and styles.

Based on the research I did on various documents and articles that came from the schools library database system, I was able to find out that the death penalty was officially passed and recognized as the eighth amendment in 1791 as a part of the bill of rights, but based on the “American Government” library database, "The death penalty has a long history. Hammurabi's Code and the Old Testament of the Bible both provided for it. It was practiced in both ancient Greece and Rome. Capital punishment persisted into the Middle Ages when it was often applied to heretics,
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