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Constitution Monday: No Cruel or Unusual Punishment

Here is the Eighth Amendment in the Bill of Rights:

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

A single sentence. With no exceptions based on citizenship or nature of offense.

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  1. Prosecutors in Alaska get judges to issue warrants against no evidence all the time having people wrongfully arrested. Excessive restitution is charged by judges who are on the side of corporations. Cruel and unusual punishment happens all the time here in Alaska in the prisons and even from the probation officers who feel their job is to find a reason to send people back to prison rather than provide rehabilitation. In fact if the 8th amendment is even mentioned to corrections officers they will threaten to put an inmate in segregation. All of the grievances complaining against the abuses and horrid conditions are disapeared. The medical treatment the public thinks inmates get is essentially nonexistent. I find most Alaskans choose to believe the lies told by the DOC rather than investigate and find out the truth. My favorite mythology is when someone writes about how horrible they think it is that an inmate who commits a crime gets to go to prison where they get free healthcare. In fact they do make inmates pay for at least part of their healthcare which consists of being told they can’t have any. Almost all medications are abruptly stopped upon entering prison, then the withdrawl from psych meds, seizure meds, etc. begins wih some very ugly consequences. Many corrections officers seem to enjoy watcing the suffering.

  2. Hi Celia,

    As a general rule, I don’t allow comments that contain accusations without sourcing. Without agreeing or disagreeing with the substance of your allegations, I’m allowing the comment to be posted here because if true, it points out a larger truth. Our Constitution is only as strong as we fight for it. Without a commitment to the freedoms, rights and responsibilities contained in our founding documents, the words themselves are meaningless. At the same time, if we don’t know what is in our founding documents, we can’t fight for the freedoms, rights and responsibilities that are supposed to be ours by law.

    Without sourcing specific, mainstream sources, I’m not going to post any further comments relating to Corrections in Alaska on this thread.

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