Reprieve, in law, temporary suspension of execution of the sentence of a criminal. The term usually refers to sentences of death. A reprieve is granted in most instances by the chief executive of a state or country. When the court that tried the prisoner grants a reprieve, it is often called a stay of execution. The most common reason for granting a reprieve is to allow time for a review of a case when new evidence is uncovered. A reprieve differs from a commutation, which is a reduction of sentence, and from a pardon, which is a permanent cancellation of sentence.
The TV show "Prison Break" is the story of a structural engineer named Michael Scofield who gets himself locked up so that he can help his brother escape death row. Learn about some amazing real-life escapes.
Today, some police forces are using virtual reality technology to capture and recreate crime scenes digitally. They've discovered that, if used properly, virtual environments help the investigation process from its earliest stages all the way to a verdict.