'The Innocence Files' lands on Netflix On Wednesday
The Innocence Files is a nine-part documentary series which focuses on eight cases of wrongful conviction.
The programme will not only detail the tireless work carried out by non-profit organisations in a bid to overturn verdicts on each case, but it will also shine a light on how a wrongful conviction can cause irreparable damage to the defendant, victims of crime and the families involved.
The series will look at the cases of Chester Hollman III, Kenneth Wyniemko, Alfred Dewayne Brown, Thomas Haynesworth, Franky Carrillo, Levon Brooks, Kennedy Brewer, and Keith Harward - who are all believed to have suffered a miscarriage of justice.
One of the cases, Thomas Haynesworth, was wrongfully convicted of rape, robbery and abduction in the eighties, while Alfred Dewayne Brown was sentenced to death following an armed robbery in which two men were killed.
Meanwhile, Keith Harward spent 33 years in prison for a murder and rape he did not commit while Franky Carrillo was also found guilty of murder, despite being in a different city when the crime took place.
One man, Levon Brooks, was sentenced to life in prison for sexually assaulting and murdering a three-year-old girl. Despite having a strong alibi, he was sentenced based on bite marks that appeared to match his. Soon after his conviction, a similar assault and murder took place in the same town.
Each case was worked on by The Innocence Project and the Innocence Network - non-profit organisations committed to exonerating the wrongly-convicted.
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Earlier this month, Netflix released an emotional trailer for the series, which features never-before-seen footage and interviews from both families and wrongly accused defendants.
One said: "When I got out of jail I just took my shoes off and walked around the yard. Twelve years I haven't touched no grass."
Co-founders of The Innocence Project, Peter Neufeld and Barry Scheck said: "We are thrilled to be part of the groundbreaking Netflix series, 'The Innocence Files'.
"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.
"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 series is broken down into three parts: evidence, witness and prosecution, and shines a light on how wrongful convictions are made, through misidentification, misconduct and faulty forensic science.
The nine-part series will be available on Wednesday 15th April, from 8am. We can feel a binge-watch coming on...
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