The Innocence Files season 1 review – Netflix catalogues those failed by the system Freed but bittersweet

April 14, 2020
Daniel Hart 0
Netflix, TV Reviews
4.5

Summary

Netflix series The Innocence Files catalogs a group of lawyers determined to release innocent people from jail while highlighting a failed judicial system.

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4.5

Summary

Netflix series The Innocence Files catalogs a group of lawyers determined to release innocent people from jail while highlighting a failed judicial system.

Netflix series The Innocence Files season 1 will be out on the platform on April 15, 2020 — add it to your list now. The Innocence Files is a 9-part documentary, supported by the Innocence Project. 


It’s genuinely questionable how in the USA a law firm formed because they were horrified by how many innocent people were behind bars for crimes they did not commit. The Innocence Project is a formidable team that works through an obstructive, sometimes vicious system to prove how a person was let down.

The Innocence Files Season 1 is a 9-part documentary series that details the innocent being freed. And we are not just talking about someone who is spent a couple of months in jail and was let off due to a court proceeding, we are talking 20/30 years, left to rot with the knowledge that they knew they did not commit the crime they were sent there for. “Life without parole”, “death sentence”, “30-40 years behind bars” are some of the cases that the documentary series brings forth.

You have to wonder as you start flying through this insightful, yet disturbing series, the purpose of the judicial system. Many of the cases presented seem to show that the court proceedings are more for show than the fight for the truth. Arrogant scientists, phony witnesses, and powerful prosecutors are highlighted in The Innocence Files. The judicial system is designed to imprison those on the wrong side of the law, yet if it’s built with a percentage of innocent people spending years in prison, due to flawed scientific evidence, or a hidden agenda, then the judicial processes are redundant. We should thrive to improve the processes and reduce the chance of anything like this happening.

As you rummage through each chapter and learn about each injustice, it’s easy to feel an amount of emotion when you see the footage of them leaving prison; the relief of the unprecedented moment — a time they thought would never come. But at the same time, it feels bittersweet where even the compensation does not amount to the time lost. Experts discuss the trials and cogs that require to happen in order to reverse a conviction — it’s exhausting, time-consuming and mountainous. The Innocence Files is demonstrated to not only tell us the stories but to highlight the sheer will it takes to help those who need to be freed.

Plus, at the same time, you have to remember the victim and the families who never get closure on a violent case. After the success of Making a MurdererThe Innocence Files will compel you to understand how it all works.

Ready Steady Cut decided to recap each chapter to understand each case — you can access the archive of recaps here as bible while you binge-watch The Innocence Files season 1. 


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