Back on the Chain Gang: Why the Eighth Amendment and the History of Slavery Proscribe the Resurgence of Chain Gangs

  title={Back on the Chain Gang: Why the Eighth Amendment and the History of Slavery Proscribe the Resurgence of Chain Gangs},
  author={Tessa M. Gorman},
  journal={California Law Review},
  • T. Gorman
  • Published 1997
  • Sociology
  • California Law Review
Historically, American chain gangs were instruments with which to terrorize, control, and humiliate African Americans. In 1995, the chain gang reappeared as a method of punishment in Alabama prisons, thus resurrecting a powerful and shameful symbol of this country's legacy of racial injustice and institutionalized racial oppression. This Comment argues that chain gangs violate the Eighth Amendment's prohibition of "cruel and unusual punishments." The Eighth Amendment proscribes punishments that… Expand
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