Through the years, society has changed in what it deems "Cruel and Unusual" punishment. In days gone by, we had various means of punishment that generally fit the crime. Drawing and quartering, burning at the stake, firing squads, etc. It seems today that with all the "do gooders", punishment no longer fits the crime. We have those that decry the death penalty, and I, for one, am getting sick and tired of my tax dollars going to feeding certain low life's who really should be taken out back and shot. Has the pendulum swung too far? Do we no longer have punishments that deter crime? Should rapists of 13 year old girls be allowed to live in prison when it's KNOWN beyond a reasonable shadow of doubt that they're guilty? What is cruel and unusual punishment? Seems to me that if we brought back some of the old "tried and true" methods of punishing offenders, we'd probably see a lot less crime.