The Death Penalty in the Movies

Kenneth Mentor, New Mexico State University

Law and justice issues are often presented in Hollywood movies. This paper examines cinematic presentation of various law and justice themes. Much of the discussion focuses on a content analysis of films that depict the death penalty. Although these movies are typically thought to provide arguments in opposition to the death penalty, evidence suggests otherwise. In reality, these movies often reinforce "pro-death penalty" views of criminals, crime, and justice.

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