Amendment 8
  • Ratified in 1791
  • The Excessive Fines Clause limits the amount that state and federal governments may fine a person for their crime.
  • Bail is the amount of money a defendant pay as a security for his or her appearance in trial
  • The defendant is able to retrieve his bail in the conclusion of the trial
  • If the defendant fails to go to the trial, he or she forfeits his or her pledge to appear in court
  • The U.S. Supreme Court are allowed to permit lower courts to deny bail for defendants who would create dangerous risks to the community if released
  • The U.S. Supreme Court ruled death penalties that are inhumane, or shocking to people are considered to be cruel and unusual