How did he end up there, with his history and all?
Well, creator of the show, Dick Wolf, weighed in on the decision, saying this could be the episode that changes the game.
Tyson plays the role of “Reggie Rhodes,” a murderer on death row, whose violent actions may have been provoked from a history of sexual abuse as a child. His case garners the attention of Benson and defense attorney Bayard Ellis during an investigation.
“It focuses on what can happen when there is an emotionally charged rush to judgment and it is, in my opinion, one of our strongest episodes in the last five years,” Wolf stated.
In the meantime, the episode was originally scheduled to air on Feb. 13, the eve of One Billion rising, a global campaign to support rape and abuse survivors.
However it was pushed up to Feb. 6.