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Should we abolish the Death Penalty? THE DEATH PENALTY AND THE EIGHTH AMENDMENT—“CRUEL AND UNUSUAL PUNISHMENT”? Or, an effective and efficient punishment? An ongoing debate in the United States revolves around the death penalty. While it’s true that a majority of Americans still support the death penalty, the size of that majority has been shrinking. Though capital punishment isn’t mentioned specifically in the Constitution, several clauses recognize it implicitly: **the 5 th and the 14 th Amendments bar the taking of “life, liberty or property” without due process of law **The 5 th Amendment also bars prosecution for a capital crime without indictment by a grand jury; and provides that no one may be put twice in jeopardy of “life or limb” *The first time the Court ruled on the constitutionality of capital punishment ** Wilkerson v. Utah (1879) The number of executions in America peaked during the Great Depression, the 1930s Freedom from cruel and unusual punishment applied to the States
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