Book Report, The

Capital Punishment and the Eighth Amendment *.

Sentenced to Die: Capital Punishment and the Eighth Amendment *.

Leafe, Sharon W.

2001. 2nd ed. 33 min. $62.95. Close Up Foundation. Grades 7-12

The Eighth Amendment states that “excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted,” but today’s headlines are indicative of the ongoing debate among our citizens and courts as to its validity. The key to this video’s success is in allowing students to examine actual case histories on the topic of capital punishment: Sentenced to Die presents capital punishment through the eyes of those individuals directly affected by it. The facts are brought home …