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Proffitt v. Florida (1976) challenged the constitutionality of Florida's capital-sentencing process and Proffitt's death sentence on the grounds that both were "cruel and unusual" punishments. The 7-2 decision by a group of white men concluded that it wasn't cruel or unusual.
SCOTUS clarified the Furman v. Georgia ruling (1972) in Gregg v. Georgia (1976), restoring the death penalty to be narrowly targeted. Thus, the death sentence was meant to be reserved only for the most serious crimes and was intended to reduce discretion. #endthedeathpenalty
August 18th marks 16 years since the last execution in NC. Join us for an in-person screening of Racist Roots to see the death penalty’s entanglement with slavery, lynching, and white supremacy. This will take place at the Chelsea Theater in Chapel Hill on Aug 18, 6:30-8:00 PM. pic.twitter.com/HUic…