After Innocence

Rated NR 95 minutes 2006

As scientific advances have made forensic DNA matching a reality, a new field has emerged in criminal justice: exoneration. In cases where relevant biological evidence has been preserved, innocent inmates who've been serving time for decades may eventually walk free. And then what? That's the question posed by this piercing and intelligent documentary by director Jessica Sanders. Unlike criminals who are released on parole, exonerees receive no assistance from the system that wrongfully imprisoned them. Not surprisingly, they struggle. One gets the sense that the seven men profiled here are faring better than their cohort, and yet they're still plagued with difficulties: finding work, being accepted by their communities, establishing intimate relationships with other people, re-forming identities as free people, and simply re-entering a world that once left them behind. Their stories are harrowing and infuriating, and Sanders does a fine job of bringing us into their experience. There's cause for hope too.

Film Credits

Director: Jessica Sanders

Writer: Jessica Sanders and Marc H. Simon

Producer: Jessica Sanders and Marc H. Simon

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