Featured playlist:  Clips for College: Death Penalty by Jordan White, Alexander Street Press

Capital punishment, or the death penalty, is the sentence whereby a person is put to death by the state as punishment for a crime. As of 2013, 58 countries actively practice it while 97 have abolished it outright. All other nations use it sparingly or have not actively practices it in over 10 years.
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Crime File, Death Penalty
directed by Joseph Camp; produced by Susan Udelson, in Crime File (Rockville, MD: National Institute of Justice, 1990), 29 mins  
Death Penalty - This National Institute for Justice film from 1990 looks at the issue of capital punishment in the United States from 1977 - 1990, debating its impact on deterrence, the possibility of mistakes, and other ethical issues.
28:39
17 Jul 2013
Made in the U.S.A.
directed by Solveig Anspach; produced by Cindy Babski, fl. 2001 (Paris, Ile-de-France: Point du Jour International, 2001), 2 hours  
Made in the U.S.A. - This title from Pont du Jour International looks at the issue of capital punishment in the United States, focusing on the case of one man on death row, the role of DNA in deciding cases and other evidence. Included in this documentary is interview footage of Governor George W. Bush discussing capital punishment in the state of Texas while running for the presidency of the United States.
02:00:28
17 Jul 2013
American Justice, 243, Countdown to an Execution
produced by Shane DuBow and David Boodell, in American Justice, 243 (New York, NY: A&E Television Networks, 2005), 46 mins  
Countdown to an Execution - This A&E title looks at the process of appealing a death sentence in the United States, through the appeals court and ultimately to the state governor and state parole board.
45:45
17 Jul 2013
Timewatch, On Behalf of the State - Memories of Hanging
produced by Jonathan Stamp, in Timewatch (London, England: BBC Worldwide, 1993, originally published 1993), 48 mins  
On Behalf of the State - Memories of Hanging - This BBC piece looks at the practice of capital punishment by hanging in the United Kingdom, which ended in 1964.
48:00
17 Jul 2013
Justice: Japan Style
produced by Ian Altschwager, Australian Broadcasting Corporation (New York, NY: Filmakers Library, 2006), 25 mins  
Justice: Japan Style - This Filmakers Library title looks at the criminal justice system and the use of the death penalty in Japan with one of the highest conviction rates in the world.
25:26
17 Jul 2013
Race to Execution
directed by Rachel V. Lyon; produced by Rachel V. Lyon (New York, NY: Filmakers Library, 2007), 54 mins  
Race to Execution - This Filmakers Library documentary looks at the issue of race and capital punishment in the United States. Following the cases of two death row inmates, the impact of race is examined in portrayals of the crime in the media, the investigation, jury selection, the prosecution and indeed the sentencing.
54:18
17 Jul 2013
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Death Penalty - Clemency Hearing, Indiana Parole Board
produced by Shane DuBow and David Boodell, in American Justice, 243 (New York, NY: A&E Television Networks, 2005), 46 mins  
This A&E clips shows footage from the first of two clemency hearing of the Indiana State Parole Board for Darnell Williams, convicted of double murder in the commission of a robbery. In this hearing, Darnell Williams speaks on his own behalf.
03:19
17 Jul 2013
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Death Penalty - Full Clemency Hearing
produced by Shane DuBow and David Boodell, in American Justice, 243 (New York, NY: A&E Television Networks, 2005), 46 mins  
This A&E clip shows the second full clemency hearing of the Indiana State Parole Board for Darnell Williams, wherein witnesses and advocates for the defendent and the victim are heard from and the parole board makes its recommendations to the governor.
17:37
17 Jul 2013
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Death Penalty - Execution Procedure (U.S.)
produced by Stephen Trombley, in Eye for Justice, 1 (New York, NY: Filmakers Library, 1992), 2 hours 37 mins  
This Filmakers Library clip walks through the procedure for carrying out capital punishment in the state of Missouri. Inmates and prison officials are interviewed while the chamber and instruments are shown and described.
23:15
17 Jul 2013
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Death Penalty - Execution Day
directed by Stephen Trombley; produced by Bruce Eadie, in Eye for Justice, 3 (New York, NY: Filmakers Library, 2000), 1 hour 40 mins  
In this Filmakers Library clip, the execution of A.J. Bannister, a Missouri man convicted for the murder of another man. Witnesses describe the scene throughout the day and that evening at the prison.
21:20
17 Jul 2013
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