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Capital Punishment in Louisiana (2007)

Louisiana Public Square



Genre: Panel

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2007-02-21

Duration: 00:57:14

Subjects: Death row inmates | Capital Punishment | Criminals -- Rehabilitation | Crime | Louisiana State Penitentiary


  • Courtney, Beth Host
  • Freeman, Craig Host
  • Godoy, Al Producer
  • Adderly, Rosanne Interviewee
  • Boren, Jim Interviewee
  • Sinquefield, John Interviewee
  • Colomb, Sterling Interviewee
  • Land, Kenneth Interviewee
  • Cain, Burl Interviewee
  • Burton, Clen Speaker
  • Courville, Jean Speaker
  • Douglas, Gregory Speaker
  • Whitfield, Shirley Speaker
  • Weiss, Walter Speaker
  • Seals, Roger Speaker
  • Doran, Mary Speaker
  • Seal, Kevin Speaker
  • Degravelles, Charles Panelist
  • Clayton, Tony Panelist
  • Bourke, Richard Panelist
  • Boudreaux, Bernie Panelist


This episode of the series “Louisiana Public Square” from February 21, 2007, features Craig Freeman leading a discussion between the audience members and panelists on capital punishment in Louisiana. A background report on the topic precedes the discussion. It includes interviews with: Rosanne Adderly of Amnesty International; Jim Boren, attorney; John Sinquefield, assistant district attorney for East Baton Rouge Parish; Sterling Colomb, the parent of a murder victim; Dr. Kenneth Land, a sociologist at Duke University; and Burl Cain, Warden of the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola. The audience members then discuss their views on whether Louisiana should continue to have the death penalty as a sentencing option and whether it is a justifiable response to violent crimes. A panel of experts then joins the audience to answer their questions. The panelists are: Deacon Charles DeGravelles, chaplin at Angola Prison; Tony Clayton, Assistant District Attorney in West Baton Rouge; Richard Bourke of the Louisiana Capital Assistance Center; and Bernie Boudreaux, former District Attorney for Iberia Parish. They discuss: criminal rehabilitation, if race affects criminal sentencing, and the appeals process. This program was preserved through a 2022-2023 Public Broadcasting Preservation Fellowship. Hosts: Beth Courtney and Craig Freeman