You are not free from cruel and unusual punishment.
The 8th amendment very clearly states freedom from cruel and unusual punishment, yet this freedom is violated regularly. Even outside of horror-filled institutions like Guantanamo Bay, American citizens often face abuse within the prison system. There have been cases of the government taking citizens identified as “material witnesses” and locking them in solitary confinement with no communication to the outside world. The Ashcroft raids are also a vivid example of prison abuse, in which the prisoners were victims of a pattern of verbal and physical abuse. This does not even begin to cover the amount of under-reported abuse that takes place in prisons every day.