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Children's Literature - Carlee Hallman
The Eighth Amendment is stated: "Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted." In other words, the punishment should fit the crime. This amendment was passed because the American colonies did not want the cruel punishments of Europe, such as burning at the stake or drawing and quartering, to be allowed. The question of automatic life imprisonment after committing three felonies is discussed pro and con. The history of the death penalty and rulings on it by the Supreme Court are reviewed. Descriptions of various ways of executing the death penalty are detailed. Full-page color photographs face almost every page, such as a picture of a jail, some protestors, an electric chair, a gas chamber, and a firing squad. This is one of "The Bill of Rights" series. A full glossary and an index are included. The latest controversy of "water-boarding" did not make it into this book. Students wanting to report on the subject will find ample grisly descriptions. The point is made that the American people restrict the power of government and want mercy with justice. Reviewer: Carlee Hallman
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599289205
  • Publisher: ABDO Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/1/2008
  • Series: Bill of Rights
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 1080L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.07 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.31 (d)

Table of Contents


Introduction     4
Cruel and Unusual     6
The Three-Strikes Rule for Habitual Offenders     8
The Ultimate Punishment     10
Death by Injection     14
The Electric Chair     18
The Gas Chamber     22
The Right to Bail     26
Conclusion     28
Glossary     30
Index     32
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