The Bill of Rights is not only included in the United States Constitution but also in state constitutions.
Week 7 DB respond post-POLI 330
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Option 2: The Bill of Rights is not only included in the United States Constitution but also in state constitutions. All states have provisions in their constitutions that protect individual rights. Go online and look up your state constitution concerning amendments that are included in the Bill of Rights. How does your state constitution protect your individual rights?
Professor and Class,
One of the main purposes of the United States Constitution was to provide rights and liberty to society (Greenberg & Page, 2018). Laying out such freedoms and guidelines in a document ensures that those rights can be protected and upheld in a court of law. According to Greenberg & Page, there are several civil liberties outlined in the Bill of Rights including, but not limited to: Congress may not make any law with respect to the establishment of religion, Congress may not infringe the right to keep and bear arms, citizens are free from unreasonable searches and seizures, citizens have the right to trial by jury in civil cases, and cruel and unusual punishments are prohibited (2018). These rights are considered to be very vague, lacking real definition, and somewhat controversial.
Illinois State Constitution includes many amendments in the Bill of Rights which aim to protect in individual rights of the citizens. Most of these amendments which are listed in the Illinois State Bill of Rights mimic similar ones from the United States Bill of Rights. First, the Illinois Bill of Rights states that citizens have inherent and inalienable rights (Const. of Illinois, Sect. I). These rights include life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Another civil liberty in the Illinois State Bill of Rights includes the right to be secure in one’s home and with their own possessions and are protected against unreasonable searches, seizures, invasions of privacy, or interception of communication (Const. of Illinois, Sect. VI). By comparing the United States Bill of Rights to the Illinois Bill of Rights, it appears that the state-level Bill of Rights basically reiterates and upholds what is laid out in the U.S. Constitution.
Const. of the State of IL, Bill of Rights, art. I § I. Retrieved from https://www.ilga.gov/commission/lrb/con1.htm (Links to an external site.)
Greenberg, E. S., & Page, B. I. (2018). The Struggle for Democracy, 2018 Elections and Updates. Edition (12th Edition). Pearson Education (US).
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