New in Today:

Into the Abyss (2011)

The new documentary by Werner Herzog. Through interviews with death row inmates and those effected by their crimes, the film looks both at murder by the individual as well as murder by the state through capital punishment, and questions the sacredness of life and whether there can ever be justifiable reasons for killing.

Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5uV1_Yc8OSw

Werner Herzog talks about Into the Abyss: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rxAKST1wHl8

New York Times article about the death penalty in California: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/07/us/fighting-to-repeal-california-execution-law-they-championed.html?pagewanted=all

Info on U.S. state executions from the wonderfully named Death Penalty Information Center: http://www.deathpenaltyinfo.org/documents/FactSheet.pdf

Info on the death penalty in international law from Amnesty International: http://www.amnesty.org/en/death-penalty/international-law