#3074. A striking three-part series telling the story of capital punishment through the eyes of the young people whose lives have been shaped by it. Going inside prison walls and meeting Americas youngest Death Row inmates, the series discovers what its like to live with the threat of the death chamber.
Following their trials, appeals, and ultimately their executions, the films also meet the people the headlines generally ignore: the young siblings, sons and daughters of victims and defendants alike, each forced to confront death on an agonizing journey through the capital punishment system.
Each film in the trilogy focuses on a key aspect of the system:
- Execution. Two of the youngest men on death row in Texas face execution day. Victim Nikki Daniels reflects on her kidnapping ordeal by murderer Richard Cobb. The mother of death row inmate Anthony Haynes fights to use the final 72 hours to halt her son’s execution for the murder of an off-duty police officer. Viewing time: 53 minutes.
- Judgment. This film follows the trial of 26-year-old Guy Heinze Jr, with remarkable access to the jury members charged with reaching a verdict on allegations that Heinze beat his father and seven members of his family to death. As the trial progresses, there is legal maneuvering while evidence about the brutal killings unfolds. Film contains content that may not be suitable for all audiences. Viewing time: 53 minutes.
- Crisis. The final film of the series follows 25-year-old legal student Kelly Hickman as she attempts to save two young killers facing execution. Robert Pruett was sentenced to death for murdering a prison guard at the age of 20. Robert Garza was a member of the notorious Tri-City Bombers street gang and sentenced to death at the age of 20 for his part in the drive-by killing of four young women. Hickman’s team works on the two cases where all of the offenders’ normal legal appeals have failed and they are now just weeks away from execution. Viewing time: 53 minutes.
These are not just stories packed full of unfolding drama, jeopardy and intense emotion, but real-life tales that provoke fundamental questions about justice, the right to life and the right to kill.
Viewing time: Approximately 180 minutes for the complete series. Closed-captioned. 2014.
Purchase options for the series: DVD ($900.00), 3-year Streaming Video Subscription ($900.00), or DVD + 3-year Streaming ($1,350.00).