Articles Tagged 'Eighth Amendment'

Supreme Court strikes blow against states that raise revenue by hefty fines, forfeitures

by Richard Wolf
February 20, 2019
WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court ruled unanimously Wednesday that states cannot impose excessive fees, fines and forfeitures as criminal penalties. The decision, which united the… READ MORE

Supreme Court rules against ‘excessive’ seizure of property by states

by Melissa Quinn
February 20, 2019

A constitutional provision prohibiting the imposition of excessive fines extends beyond the federal government to states and cities, the Supreme Court ruled Wednesday. The high… READ MORE

ObamaCare to shift costs of some prisoner health coverage from states to feds

by Melissa Chrise,
October 9, 2013
ObamaCare may have its skeptics, but one group is decidedly optimistic — prison inmates. “At least 50 percent of the [prison] population has symptoms of mental health disorders,” said Brad Brockmann, executive director of the Center for Prisoner Health and Human Rights at Brown University. “With Medicaid expansion, we have an incredible opportunity to take care of the very neediest,… READ MORE

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