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The story of capital punishment through the eyes of young people whose lives have been shaped by it.

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Kenneth Williams is sentenced to death for murdering 57-year-old farmer Cecil Boren while on the run as an escapee from prison, where he was serving a life sentence for murdering 19-year-old college student Dominique Hurd.
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The story of capital punishment through the eyes of young men and women whose lives it has shaped.
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Shawn Ford Jr. is on trial for his life and a jury must decide whether he should live or die.
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David Lopez kills a police officer while being chased for driving recklessly.
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Former U.S. Marine John Henry Ramirez is sentenced to death by Judge Bobby Galvan for a brutal robbery that netted him and his two female accomplices a grand total of $1.25.
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Lynn Scott, the sister of inmate Jack Jones, and Lacey Phillips, the daughter of Jones' victim, attend day three of the executions.
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Death row inmate Jack Jones' sister, Lynn Scott, worries that the number of medications he's on could mean that the lethal injection drugs won't work properly, resulting in an agonizing death.
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Stacey Johnson and his family attempt to get his execution stayed on the basis that DNA testing could prove his innocence; clemency hearings take place for inmate Ledell Lee, who is scheduled to die on the same night as Johnson.
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Death row inmate Stacey Johnson is scheduled to be executed for a crime he claims he didn't commit; in 1990, Susan's mother is murdered in a home invasion by Don Davis.
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25-year-old law student, Kelly Hickman, attempts to save two young killers facing execution.
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22-year-old, Guy Heinze Jr., was charged with the murders of eight people and found himself on trial for his life.
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After Justin Back is brutally murdered in January 2014, two friends are arrested and charged with his murder.

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This documentary series takes viewers inside prisons and jails across America and around the world, offering rarely obtained and comprehensive access into these locations. The show profiles the inmates and employees who work at these facilities, highlighting their day-to-day experiences and interactions within the confines of prison. By bringing audiences the real, raw stories of life behind bars, this program aims to provide a truly authentic and in-depth look inside the complex criminal justice system.
CNN is by and large still a cable news outlet, but a movement under the leadership of network president Jeff Zucker to provide more alternative, entertainment-based programming is clearly afoot, and "Death Row Stories" is a prime example. The eight-part documentary -- the result of a collaboration with Academy Award-winning directors Robert Redford ("Ordinary People") and Alex Gibney ("Taxi to the Dark Side") -- revisits compelling capital murder cases in the U.S., detailing the twists and turns involved in each as a thought-provoking exercise on the death penalty and the American justice system. "Dead Man Walking" Oscar winner Susan Sarandon is the narrator. Redford's Sundance Productions also partnered with CNN for the documentary series "Chicagoland."
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