In the 1960s, the death penalty was declared unconstitutional because of its inherent inequalities and randomness. A decade later, the Supreme Court reinstated the punishment, beginning a societal argument that still rages. A balanced view of the death penalty is presented with experts on both sides. The political and religious ramifications are introduced through interviews. So-called "Red Light Bandit" Caryl Chessman represents the personal side of the death penalty. His fight for freedom ended with his execution in the 1960s, after a prolonged court battle in California that attracted international attention and triggered widespread vigorous protests against capital punishment. He was the last person to die before the practice was forbidden.
Over three hundred convicts have been executed since the Supreme Court re-instituted the death penalty in 1976, and its use is on the rise nationwide. Explore the arguments for and against capital punishment in this riveting program. Examine the difficult legal, political and religious issues involved through extensive interviews with experts on both sides of the debate. Get a unique insight into the personal side of capital punishment with an in-depth look at the case of Caryl Chessman, a rapist, kidnapper and jailhouse lawyer who appealed his sentence for twelve years. He was the last person put to death before capital punishment was declared unconstitutional in the 1960s. DEATH PENALTY presents a reasoned examination of the ultimate criminal sentence.
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