Most widely held works about Bill Kurtis
Most widely held works by Bill Kurtis
The death penalty on trial : crisis in American justice by Bill Kurtis ( Book )
8 editions published between 2004 and 2009 in English and held by 1,210 libraries worldwide
In Death Penalty on Trial, Kurtis takes readers on his most remarkable investigative journey yet. Together, we revisit two harrowing murder scenes, study the evidence and explore the tactical decisions made before and during trial, which sent two innocent men to death row. Through these cases, we encounter the eight main reasons why the wrong people are condemned to death, including overzealous and dishonest prosecutors, corrupt policemen, unreliable witnesses and expert witnesses, incompetent defence lawyers, bias judges and prison informants. We see why the new jewel of forensic science, DNA, is revealing more than innocence and guilt, opening a window into the criminal justice system that could touch off a revolution of reform. Ultimately we come to a remarkable conclusion: The possibility for error is simply too great to allow the death penalty to stand as its ultimate punishment.
The Farm : life inside Angola Prison ( Visual )
1 edition published in 1998 in English and held by 533 libraries worldwide
Documentary film which follows the lives of 6 men imprisoned in Angola, Louisiana State Penitentiary.
Bill Kurtis on assignment by Bill Kurtis ( Book )
5 editions published in 1983 in English and held by 488 libraries worldwide
Mafia the history of the Mob in America ( Visual )
3 editions published between 1993 and 2001 in English and held by 317 libraries worldwide
This collection of documentaries produced by A&E presents a broad overview of organized crime in America, beginning with immigrants who formed gangs soon after arriving in the late 19th century. The focus is on Italian-American gangsters, though there are mentions of Irish and Jewish gangs, which at various times cooperated with or competed against the Mafia, and one program in the collection presents skeins of conjecture while seeking to document links between the Mob and the Kennedy political dynasty. The documentaries use vintage newsreel footage as well as clips of Hollywood versions of gang life to illustrate the narration.
Storm chasers ( Visual )
2 editions published between 1994 and 1995 in English and held by 285 libraries worldwide
Cruising a desolate stretch of Oklahoma known as "Tornado Alley", a group of thrill seekers known as the "Storm Chasers" risk their lives to capture astonishing up-close video footage of the raw power, strange beauty, and howling force of these incredible storms.
Mafia the definitive history of the mob in America ( Visual )
1 edition published in 1993 in English and held by 272 libraries worldwide
Examines the emergence of the mob from its early beginnings through the founding of Los Vegas.
The death penalty ( Visual )
3 editions published between 1994 and 1996 in English and held by 270 libraries worldwide
Examines the arguments for and against capital punishment. Presents the case of Caryl Chessman, a rapist, kidnapper, and jailhouse lawyer who appealed his sentence for twelve years. Follows with a discussion of other capital cases, and the constitutional fight over the death penalty.
Women in prison ( Visual )
4 editions published between 1993 and 2008 in English and held by 241 libraries worldwide
A look at the women who are in prison. Interviews with some of the inmates explored some of the factors that put them there. Investigative reports documents why women are becoming a large part of the growing prison population and searches for the root cause of the inmates' incarceration. Many of the women interviewed are from the Central California Womens' Facility, Madera, CA.
Juvenile justice ( Visual )
3 editions published between 1994 and 2002 in English and held by 239 libraries worldwide
One of the most disturbing modern trends is the soaring number of children who commit serious crimes. Looks at why kids are commiting so many crimes, what can be done to prevent them, and how the young perpetrators should be punished.
Columbine understanding why ( Visual )
4 editions published between 2002 and 2008 in English and held by 223 libraries worldwide
Members of the Threat Assessment Group (TAG) attempt to determine the factors that lead to the Columbine High School shootings.
The Miracle planet ( Visual )
4 editions published between 1987 and 1991 in English and held by 223 libraries worldwide
6-part series about the Earth, the miracle planet, presents various topics including the planet's prospects for continuing to support life, its oceans, climate, and atmosphere.
Teenage suicide the silent threat ( Visual )
3 editions published between 1999 and 2008 in English and held by 220 libraries worldwide
A teen with bipolar disorder describes her suicide attempt and her struggle to deal with her illness through medication and therapy. Parents of several teens whose depression and/or eating disorders led to suicide also relate their experiences and mental health experts tell of promising screening projects that may help identify at-risk youth and lead to effective prevention.
Trial by television ( Visual )
6 editions published between 1993 and 2009 in English and held by 214 libraries worldwide
From sensational television news coverage and "movies-of-the week" to cameras in every courtroom in American, the effect of mass audience participation during the law enforcement process poses serious questions about the outcome of criminal proceedings.
Back to Chernobyl ( Visual )
2 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 210 libraries worldwide
Nova goes to the Soviet Union for an investigation of the Chernobyl nuclear plant disaster, to see the plant as it stands today, and to hear opposing views on the long-term health effects of the radiation.
KKK hate crimes in America ( Visual )
3 editions published between 1993 and 2002 in English and held by 209 libraries worldwide
The Ku Klux Klan has preached a gospel of hate, intolerance and exclusion. Examine the tactics of Klan leaders like William Joseph Simmons and David Duke. And, finally, find out how the Klan has repeatedly battled back from the brink of extinction.
Serial killers profiling the criminal mind ( Visual )
4 editions published between 1996 and 2000 in English and held by 206 libraries worldwide
An electrifying journey into the unexplored territory of our culture's dark side, and get an up-close and powerfully personal perspective on some of the most savage serial killers in the history of law enforcement.
We interrupt this broadcast : the events that stopped our lives-- from the Hindenburg explosion to the Virginia Tech shooting by Joe Garner ( Book )
1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 205 libraries worldwide
Recounts the details of forty-six significant events of the twentieth century, each with photographs from the scene; and features three compact discs that contain over two hours of audio from the events as they were broadcast live.
Wage slaves not getting by in America ( Visual )
3 editions published between 2002 and 2008 in English and held by 200 libraries worldwide
Looks at five people working in low-wage jobs in Nevada, Alabama, California, and Florida who are not earning enough to support themselves or their families as the minimum wage does not cover basic needs. It compares those living at the poverty level in America with people in other countries and finds that poor Americans are in worse shape because of the cost of living.
The founding of America ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 192 libraries worldwide
Collection of programs exploring the personalities, the battles, the bravery, the losses, and the romance of the early days of the United States. Founding fathers and Founding brothers examine the relationships of the men who risked their fortunes and lives for independence. The Revolution recounts the battles, losses, and victories. Ben Franklin and Benedict Arnold look at the roles played by both men, and Washington the warrior and The crossing pay tribute to the leadership of the first president.
The new face of terrorism ( Visual )
1 edition published in 1996 in English and held by 168 libraries worldwide
The spread of terrorism and its heightened volatility, especially in the United States with numerous militia groups, are discussed.
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