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The Innocent

Innocent death-row inmates who've been set free are the subject of Lauri Feldman's documentary, which melds their stories into a single powerful narrative. A section on their arrests is followed by sections on their convictions, their lives in prison, and their exonerations. After they're released, many of them suffer from depression, and one reports that people still regard him as having been “involved in a murder.” Interspersed with the stories is a cross-country walk by some of the former inmates, an attempt to persuade Illinois governor George Ryan to commute all death sentences in the state. Feldman provides poignant details that only deepen the viewer's outrage—the inmate who tries to commit suicide by swallowing toilet paper, the freed man haunted by dreams that he's going back. 70 min.

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