After Innocence
After Innocence (2005)

'After Innocence' is an account of how several men freed from prison after being cleared by DNA evidence struggle to reintegrate into society.

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: October 21, 2005
DVD Release Date: February 6, 2007
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Critic Score: 91% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: This understated yet emotionally devastating documentary lets the stories of its subjects speak for themselves.

Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle

After Innocence is a crusading documentary driven by DNA testing that's brought freedom for men who served years in prison for crimes they didn't commit.

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

Informative (we learn, for example, that exonerees are generally given no follow-up assistance upon release, as parolees are) and deeply moving.

Brian Costello
Common Sense Media

Powerful docu on post-prison lives of falsely accused.

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Eleanor Ringel Cater
Atlanta Journal-Constitution


Michael Booth
Denver Post

Each lost face in the documentary is a burning reminder of the human toll when our justice system succumbs to its imperfections.

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Maria Garcia
Film Journal International

An advertorial rather than a solid piece of investigative journalism.

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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press

After Innocence is, without making it overly obvious, anti-death penalty on the grounds that a just society cannot afford to make any mistakes that we cannot attempt to rectify.

Ty Burr
Boston Globe

Sanders is more interested in specific human struggles than in larger political points, but she knows these men form a mosaic with a message that's unmistakable.

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Kam Williams
WBAI Web Radio

Documentary shines a scientific spotlight on the criminal justice system's dirty little secret via ten tragic cases of mistaken identity, each an unfortunate rush to judgment.

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