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‘The Penalty’ at the sharp edge of the criminal justice system

John van der Luit-Drummond speaks to producer Laura Shacham about the independent documentary film that is set to blow the lid off America's death penalty shame

2 December 2014

In November I attended a Kickstarter event for the launch of a documentary film entitled 'The Penalty'. The independent film seeks to reveal the "fatal flaws" within the death penalty in the US, and show that the reverberations of capital punishment reach lawyers, the law and victims' families alike.

Since that night in London, the reel nice production team has been on the road, visiting San Francisco, New York and Washington in just matter of days, before embarking on a systematic social media campaign to raise awareness of the project.

The team aimed to raise $30,000 (£20,000) in 30 days to cover the cost of producing the rest of the film. As of the start of this week, 'The Penalty' was 70...

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