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Does the Death Penalty Deter Crime? (1985)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1985-02-15

Duration: 00:08:57

Subjects: Crime | Capital Punishment | CRIME PREVENTION | Louisiana State Penitentiary


  • Courtney, Beth Host
  • Ekings, Robyn Reporter
  • Windhorst, Fritz Interviewee
  • Harvey, Elizabeth Interviewee
  • Delpit, Joe Interviewee
  • Smith, Dwayne Interviewee
  • Harvey, Vernon Interviewee


This segment from the February 15, 1985, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Robyn Ekings’ report on the impact of the death penalty on the rate of violent crime in Louisiana. Ekings reports that the state has executed seven convicted murderers since the reinstatement of capital punishment in December 1983. She interviews: State Senator Fritz Windhorst; Elizabeth Harvey, murder victim’s mother; State Representative Joe Delpit; Dr. Dwayne Smith, a criminologist at Tulane University; and Vernon Harvey, murder victim’s father. Host: Beth Courtney