91. A Warden Reflects on the Lasting Guilt of Prison Executions

Season 6 | Episode 91
44m | Nov 1, 2023

What is it like to witness the darkest corners of our justice system? Dr. Allen Ault is a former warden and commissioner of corrections. He recounts his experience with the death penalty and the lasting emotional impact on those involved in the process. He also gets deeply personal about his own struggle with feelings of guilt as a result of “murdering somebody,” and his subsequent journey grappling with the moral implications of capital punishment.

In this episode:

  • The culture of the Georgia prison system.
  • Building relationships and trust within the system along with the prisoners.
  • The impact of the death penalty and the emotional toll it takes on the correctional staff.
  • Thoughts on why the death penalty still exists.

Links & Resources

Washington Post Article: The hidden victims of the death penalty: Correctional staff

\Movie: There Will Be No Stay

Charity: First Christian Church Richmond, Children & Youth Ministries

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