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The Innocence Files

This Netflix limited series features several stories of cases of men who were convicted and sent to prison for extended sentences, nearly 30 years in some cases, for crimes that they did not commit. The Innocence Project is a non-profit that is dedicated to investigating wrongful convictions and helping get cases overturned. The stories of these men tell are powerful. Through a combination of current interviews and archival photo and video footage, the directors take us through what happened. These stories also highlight the ways in which the justice system has failed these people and others, through over-aggressive prosecuting attorneys; systems that make it extremely difficult, nearly impossible, to overturn convictions even when the evidence for conviction is almost non-existent; and the reliance on unreliable evidence, such as dental forensics (“bite-mark analysis”) and eyewitness testimony. This is an excellent series to watch for those who want to understand what people mean when they say that there are deep racial biases in the judicial system. Big thumbs up for an important documentary that is a “must-see”. (2020; 5 Stars)

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