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Raising Hell [electronic resource]: The Life of A.J. Bannister

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This is a contemporary story of crime and punishment in the Midwest. It tells the story of death-row inmate Alan (A.J.) Bannister, who killed a man in a trailer park in a struggle over a gun. The film reconstructs his troubled life from his childhood in a rural, working class community in central Illinois, where he was a good student and active in sports, to his gradual descent into a life of petty crime In his three years of researching the case, the filmmaker uncovered startling new evidence that the killing was not a contract killing, as the prosecution asserted, but second degree murder, which would not carry the death sentence. Raising Hell approaches a tense climax as A.J. s execution date is set. As the day approaches, the viewer is taken inside the death watch cell to experie [...]
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2000
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The Execution Protocol [electronic resource]

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Shot inside a state-of-the art maximum security prison in southeastern Missouri, the film delves into a world never before seen on film. All of Potosi Correctional Center's inmates face either death or are incarcerated for life without parole. No one leaves the prison, except in a hearse. Missouri has chosen lethal injection as the means of carrying out executions. In Potosi, executions are conducted in the prison hospital, using a lethal injection machine. The protocol is devised so that the burden of responsibility spreads across a number of individuals. The executioners speak openly about their role and the condemned men reflect on their lives. We see precisely what happens when the state takes a life. Member of a series: Eye for Justice (Series).
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1992