After Innocence

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Released 2005

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Director:
Jessica Sanders
Released:
2005
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After Innocence is a documentary that brings to light recent exonerations made possible through newly admissible DNA evidence. The film focuses on the Project Innocence group, a team of lawyers dedicated to freeing those unjustly imprisoned. This film highlights several cases where people were sentenced largely based on eyewitness identification, and without physical evidence. Through the use of DNA, the lawyers are able to have their subjects released. However, as the film relates, being released from prison is not the end of the inmates' struggles. They return to society without an apology (much less restitution for unjust imprisonment) from the states where they were incarcerated. The exonerated then deal with a whole host of complications (such as getting their records expunged of their crimes) after they are released, partly due to the lack of provision for such releases on behalf of the judicial system, and partly due to the uncertain status they are accorded by society. Jessica Sanders takes a close look at some of these people in this gripping documentary that's both a harsh criticism of the current judicial system and a touching look at those profoundly affected by it.moreless

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  • 80

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    Calm, deliberate and devastating, Jessica Sanders's documentary After Innocence confirms many of the worst fears about weaknesses in the American criminal-justice system.

  • 80

    Los Angeles Times Carina Chocano

    What emerges from these stories is a picture of the fallibility of the system and the vulnerability of innocent citizens, whom even scientific evidence cannot protect from incompet...

  • 80

    Variety Scott Foundas

    A powerfully affecting documentary.

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