Revision Of The Eighth Amendment Essay

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The Bill of Rights is a very important document to American citizens. The Bill of Rights is the beginning part of the American Constitution which is made of the first ten amendments which state our basic rights as United States’ citizens. It ensures us of our freedoms that cannot be taken away from us. However, I do believe that there is a certain amendment out of the ten that should be revised; this would be the Eighth Amendment. The Eighth Amendment reads “Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishment inflicted.” (Legal Dictionary). I believe that this is the only amendment that needs to be revised in the Bill of Rights. I think that if someone was to commit a horrendous crime that excessive bail and fines or cruel and unusual punishments could be necessary in some extreme cases. I am not saying that it is okay that someone should be beheaded, burned alive, or being dissected publically (Cornell Law), but some more minor things could be in ways acceptable. However, I do find it very reasonable to hold someone with excessive bails and/or fines. I think that it is very fair if the government was to hold a bail or fine that is extremely high on someone if they commit certain crimes. If I were personally able to rewrite the Eighth Amendment I would write it as “Excessive bail or fines should not be imposed unless it fits the crime committed, cruel and unusual punishment should also not be imposed unless the need was to arise where the crime was extreme enough for all the jury members should agree on a cruel or unusual punishment.” I think that the Eighth Amendment should be revised because of the extreme crimes that are now being committed are far worse to those compared to the crimes that were committed in the days when the Constitution was first written.
I think that there is a very great need for the revision of the Eighth Amendment. For one, there is way more horrendously disturbing crimes that are occurring throughout the country than there was back in the 1700’s when the amendment was wrote. For instance the serial killers or terrorists that attack the United States; the crimes that were committed were absolutely horrible and the criminals that did those things should be punished as much as possible. For instance Ted Bundy was a serial killer would brutally beat and then murder young, middle aged girls and then dispose of their bodies, which many were already decomposed, in the same location on Taylor Mountain, Washington (Murderpedia). Most of the cases were not even solved until the day of his execution when he confessed to murdering a multitude of women. He was held on bail just like any other criminal and was treated no differently than any other person that was going to be executed even though the crimes he committed were far worse. I think people that do that extreme of crimes should have a much worse bail or punishment than those that do not. In a way you could even...

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