The Outer Limits : The Sentence (1996)

Genres - Science Fiction  |   Sub-Genres - Anthology Series [TV], Prime-Time Drama [TV], Psychological Sci-Fi  |   Run Time - 60 min.  |   Countries - United States   |  
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Frasier regular David Hyde Pierce stars as Dr. Jack Henson, a coldly enterprising scientist who creates a "virtual prison" which can reduce a prisoner's life sentence to a few hours. In this way, Henson explains, prisoners will forever be cured of their criminal tendencies, and the penal system will save millions of dollars. Inevitably, Henson is forced to do to time in his own virtual prison -- and in the process he learns the hard way that Justice is not merely a theoretical concept. "The Sentence" originally aired on August 4, 1996, as the final episode of The Outer Limits' second season on the Showtime cable network.