A STEP AWAY FROM DEATH

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USA. A Step Away from death #1

Since 1973,in the history of the United States, over 140 people have been exonerated and freed from death row, a place to which they should never have been sent. This is the story of 20 of them.
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JAPAN. A Step Away from death #2

Iwao Hakamada, has spent more time on death row than anyone else in the world. In 1968, he was accused of the killing of four people and was sentenced to death. Many people think that it was all fabricated by the police. Each morning that he wakes up in his cell in Tokyo, he has no idea whether it will be his last. In his country, executions take place with a warning of only one hour. He has gone mad and is thinking of constructing a castle.
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BELARUS. A Step Away from death #3

Belarus is the only European country that still applies capital punishment. Prisoners are informed about their execution only a couple of minutes in advance. They are notified that their petition for mercy has been declined, and are quickly led to an adjoining room where they are forced to kneel down and are shot in the back of the head. Sometimes more than one bullet is needed. The authorities do not return the bodies to their families. Furthermore, the relatives are not informed as to where the grave of their loved one is located. Mothers of death row inmates keep looking up for their sons not knowing they are already dead.