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After Innocence

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Powerful docu on post-prison lives of falsely accused.

Movie NR 2005 95 minutes
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This remains a powerful documentary on the lives of those exonerated by DNA evidence after serving time for crimes they didn't commit. The struggles and perseverance of these men are brought to light as they struggle to reacclimate into society with few resources, no compensation from the state, and often still with their crimes not expunged from the public record. This documentary also shows the tireless dedication of the lawyers working for the Innocence Project, lawyers who work on cases of false accusation and imprisonment often for little or no money.

Through following the lives of these men from all backgrounds and parts of the United States, interviews with their families, interviews with victims of crimes whose eyewitness-testimony sent the wrong man to prison, what emerges is how DNA evidence has revolutionized the criminal justice system and has given back the lives of those innocent of wrongdoing serving years and even decades for crimes they didn't commit However, when these men are released, the system often fails them a second time by failing to address and make right their catastrophic mistakes. These aspects to the documentary are why After Innocence continues to remain relevant years after its initial release.

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