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INDEPENDENT LENS
True Conviction

 

After serving a combined 60 years in prison for crimes they did not commit, three recently exonerated Texans join forces to form the unlikeliest of investigative teams, on a mission to help wrongfully convicted prisoners obtain freedom like they did. In True Conviction, brotherly bonds are formed out of shared hardships — lengthy prison sentences in a state that executes more inmates than any other.

 

 

AMERICAN EXPERIENCE
The Perfect Crime

 

When Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb, two well-educated college students from a wealthy suburb of Chicago, confessed to the brutal murder of 14-year-old Bobby Franks, the story made headlines across the country. The unlikely killers not only admitted their guilt, but also bragged that they had committed the crime simply for the thrill of it. As the sensational case unfolded during the summer of 1924, with famed defense attorney Clarence Darrow and Cook County Prosecutor Robert Crowe debating the death penalty and scores of commentators weighing in from the sidelines, the question of motive would be turned over and over again. What first seemed like a simple matter of evil gradually would give way to a complex assessment of the murderers’ minds and a searing indictment of the forces that had shaped them, and set off a national debate about morality and capital punishment.

 

 

FRONTLINE
Last Days of Solitary

 

Follow what happens to recently released prisoners when they go from solitary to the streets. With extraordinary access to the Maine State Prison, the film examines the long-term effects of solitary confinement and efforts to reduce its use.

 

INSIGHTS ON PBS HAWAI‘I
What Needs to be Done to Reduce Drug Abuse in Hawai‘i?

 

A decade after Hawai‘i’s high-profile War on Ice, crystal methamphetamine remains Hawai‘i’s No. 1 illegal drug threat. While prescription painkillers, heroin and other drugs are rising in use, officials say crystal meth is still linked to the most drug-trafficking crimes and the most drug-related deaths. INSIGHTS asks: what needs to be done to reduce drug abuse in Hawai‘i?

 

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