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The Innocence Files

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Humanizing docu describes graphic violence, has cursing.

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This revealing true crime series takes a comprehensive look at the flaws in the U.S. criminal justice system through the eyes of people who were wrongfully convicted, and later exonerated, of a serious crime. By putting a face to each legal narrative, The Innocence Files transforms each case file into a human interest story that personalizes the tragedy of an innocent person spending years in prison for a crime he or she didn't commit. It underscores the need for criminal justice reform by revealing that many defects in the system that resulted in wrongful convictions decades ago continue to persist. These especially highlight historic racial and ethnic biases that make it difficult for Black and Latino individuals to receive fair trials. It's hard not to be disturbed by some of the stories featured here, but they serve as a testament to the fact that until reform happens, we are not all treated equally under the law.

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