In its ruling in Hall v. Florida in May, the court — with Justice Anthony M. Kennedy at the helm — reminded us that the core value animating the Eighth Amendment’s cruel and unusual punishments clause is the preservation of human dignity against the affront of unnecessarily harsh punishment.
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"This is the only place on Earth where you'd be talking about building a psychiatric hospital for condemned prisoners,” Berkeley law professor Franklin Zimring said.