How Long of a Sentence Violates the 8th Amendment?

Most people are familiar with the concept that the government cannot order cruel and unusual punishment, even if the person cannot explain that this is set forth in the Eighth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution to control the federal government and it applies to state governments, too, through the Eleventh Amendment. Yet we often hear in the news of a person being sentenced to fifty years in state prison. Is that cruel and unusual punishment and if not, what length of sentence is? To read about this concept, please click on the following link.



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