The Story of Capital PunishmentDVD - 2010
"A few centuries ago, state-sanctioned killing was thought of mainly as a control mechanism, a deterrent to crime. Thus, a person could be hanged not just for murder but for minor offences such as petty theft. But with the emergence of the police force as a civic institution, some began to view capital punishment as the sordid appeasement of our communal thirst for vengeance, and today it is a continual source of debate. This program explores the issue through historical examples and interviews with legal scholars. Case studies focus on Derek William Bentley, hanged as an accomplice to murder at the age of 19; Ruth Ellis, the last woman to be executed in the United Kingdom; and Gary Gilmore, the first person to be put to death following the 1976 reinstatement of capital punishment in the United States."--Container.
Publisher: New York : Films for the Humanities & Sciences, c2010
Branch Call Number: 364.66 D285s
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (60 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: Story of capital punishment [DVD]