The United States Supreme Court has just ruled, in effect, that a death penalty imposed by juries is LEGAL.
The United States Supreme Court has just ruled, in effect, that a death penalty imposed by juries is LEGAL. There have been no executions in the U.S.A. since June 2, 1967, and today 644 men and seven women wait in Death Row cells all over the country. But following the Supreme Court decision a few days ago, these hundreds of executions might now take place. The ruling is being studied in the White House.
This film, from the National Broadcasting Company (NBC) in the U.S.A., shows Death Row scenes in prisons in California, Michigan and Utah....and what their inmates have to say.
SYNOPSIS: San Quentin Prison, California -- just one of the many prisons throughout the United States which is equipped to carry out death sentences.
This is the San Quentin gas chamber -- just one of the ways in which a prisoner under sentence of death may elect to be executed. At the moment, six hundred and forty-four men and seven women are waiting to die in death rows throughout the country -- the number is high because the last execution took place four years ago. Since then, a Supreme Court ruling on the legality of jury-imposed death sentences has been awaited. The ruling has now arrived -- the death sentences ARE legal, and the executions may now take place.
The Supreme Court ruling may bring more than six hundred lives to an end. But the suspense for death row inmates continues, for the moment, as White House officials study the ruling.
In Utah, death row inmates can chose to be shot or hanged. They are shot while sitting in a chair, or hanged from traditional-style gallows. The choice is theirs....
The story is the same in Michigan....and in almost every state throughout America. A four-year absence of executions may be coming to an end.