Cruel and Unusual Punishment

[Another forgotten, unfinished post from the draft folder from Feb 2014]

Cruel and unusual punishment is a phrase describing punishment which is considered unacceptable due to the suffering, pain, or humiliation it inflicts on the person subjected to it.” – Wikipedia

I continue to be appalled by the US justice system and its cruelty.

The most recent story to come to my attention is that of Justin Carter a young man who made what an obviously  facetious threat on Facebook and found himself thrown in jail, unable to meet the impossibly high bail bond, where he was raped and he now faces 10 years in prison.

This is the terrifying thing about the USA today. Merely being accused of a crime can have you end up in jail for months or even years where you may be raped and beaten whilst awaiting trial. Even if you are acquitted on all charges they have suffered cruel and unusual punishment (rape, incarceration without trial).

http://www.dallasobserver.com/2014-02-13/news/the-facebook-comment-that-ruined-a-life/

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-watch/wp/2014/02/13/texas-man-faces-decade-in-prison-over-facebook-comments/

http://dailycaller.com/2014/02/14/update-texas-teen-faces-8-years-in-prison-over-facebook-comment/

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