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Netflix's 'The Innocence Files' Takes A Deep Dive Into Wrongful Convictions

Netflix's 'The Innocence Files' Takes A Deep Dive Into Wrongful Convictions

Netflix has ordered a new series which will delve into the the tricky subject of wrongful convictions.

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The Innocence Files - a docuseries dropping on the streaming platform on 15th April - will explore eight prominent cases worked on within the Innocence Network and Innocence Project, which seeks to overturn wrongful convictions.

The nine-part series will draw focus to the cases of Chester Hollman III, Kenneth Wyniemko, Alfred Dewayne Brown, Thomas Haynesworth, Franky Carrillo, Levon Brooks, Kennedy Brewer, and Keith Harward - all who are believed to be products of a miscarriage of justice.

Netflix announced the news alongside a poster for the docuseries (Credit: Netflix)
Netflix announced the news alongside a poster for the docuseries (Credit: Netflix)

The series will focus heavily on the work of The Innocence Project - a nonprofit legal organisation committed to exonerating the wrongly-convicted.

Co-founds Peter Neufeld and Barry Scheck said of their involvement: "We are thrilled to be part of the groundbreaking Netflix series, 'The Innocence Files'.

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"This is truly important television. Each episode reveals-step by step-how the American criminal justice system gets it wrong. These stories feature people whose freedom was stolen because of governments' reliance on junk science, discredited and suggestive eyewitness identification procedures, and prosecutors who engage in misconduct to win at any cost.

"We hope these stories motivate people to take action. There are tried and tested reforms that will improve the system to make it more fair and just. Countless innocent people endure unspeakable suffering in maximum security prisons and death row for crimes they didn't commit.

The Innocence Project has helped with filming (Credit: Unsplash)
The Innocence Project has helped with filming (Credit: Unsplash)

"These miscarriages of justice extend a circle of pain and trauma that embraces families, communities, and even victims of crime. We must do better."

The Innocence Files is being directed by Liz Garbus, Alex Gibney, Roger Ross Williams, Jed Rothstein, Andy Grieve, and Sarah Dowland.

"It's a true honour to work with three of the world's most celebrated documentarians - Liz Garbus, Alex Gibney and Roger Ross Williams - who developed The Innocence Files, a deeply compelling series that explores the blurred lines between justice and injustice," commented Adam Del Deo, Netflix's vice president of originals.

The Innocence Project hits Netflix on April 15th.

Featured Image Credit: Unsplash

Topics: Entertainment News, TV and Film, Netflix

Ciara Sheppard

Ciara is a freelance writer working for Tyla. After graduating with an English Lit and Media degree from the University of Sussex, Ciara held jobs at GLAMOUR and Yahoo Style before packing up for a solo travelling trip around South America.

 

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