America’s most divisive issue – capital punishment – is running into some trouble. With drug supplies for lethal injections drying up and public support at an all-time-low, the struggle to keep executing is taking its toll.
The Penalty follows three people caught in the crosshairs of capital punishment and the political landscape that could decide their fate.
Going behind the scenes of some of the biggest headlines in the history of America's death penalty, the film follows the lethal injection protocol crisis that resulted in a botched execution; the rehabilitation of a man who spent 15 years on death row for a crime he didn't commit, and the family of a young woman - brutally murdered - split by the state's pursuit of the ultimate punishment.
Directed by Will Francome & Mark Pizzey
Produced by Laura Shacham
Edited by James Scott