What is Cruel and Unusual Punishment?

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The use of taser-like handcuffs have reignited claims over unconstitutional punishments. So, how do we determine what is cruel and unusual?

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The 80,000-Volt Handcuffs That Let Cops Shock Prisoners
http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2015/06/-handcuffs-shock-prisoners/396674/
“What gives an electric jolt as strong as a typical Tase but is designed for prisoners already in police custody rather than suspects not yet arrested?”

How Do Tasers Work?
http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/explainer/2006/11/how_do_tasers_work.html
“Independent investigators will look into last Tuesday’s incident on the UCLA campus, in which a student was subjected to five Taser shocks by the university police.”

Cruel and Unusual Punishment: The Juvenile Death Penalty Evolving Standards of Decency
http://www.americanbar.org/content/dam/aba/publishing/criminal_justice_section_newsletter/crimjust_juvjus_EvolvingStandards.authcheckdam.pdf
“This statement is among the most recent expressions of a divided U.S. Supreme Court that 14 years earlier narrowly upheld the constitutionality of the right of states to execute juvenile offenders.”

Why Originalism Is So Popular
http://www.newrepublic.com/article/politics/81480/republicans-constitution-originalism-popular
“When members of the House read aloud the Constitution at the start of the legislative session last week, the event was widely regarded as a political stunt.”

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