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US Constitution: 8th Amendment

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US Constitution: 8th Amendment

This Amendment states that "excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted." As the US has taken reservations with international agreements on torture and inhumane punishment, this Amendment is the defining instrument on these issues.

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