The Supreme Court of the United States has held that a mandatory life sentence imposed under a state recidivist statute on a defendant convicted of three nonviolent felonies totaling $229 does not constitute cruel and unusual punishment
Rummel v. Estelle, 100 S. Ct. 1133 (1980).
Albert A. Torrence,
Constitutional Law - Eighth Amendment - Cruel and Unusual Punishment - Length of Prison Sentences,
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