New Film About Wrongful Convictions Of Thousands Of Innocent Americans

A new documentary, “Survivor’s Guide to Prison,” shines a much-needed light on the thousands of wrongful convictions and imprisonments of American men and women.

The Innocence Project, an organization that represents wrongfully convicted Americans, estimates there are between 40,000 to  100,000 innocent people locked up in U.S. prisons, notes AlterNet.

Samuel R. Gross, a law professor at the University of Michigan and the editor of the National Registry of Exonerations, noted in The Washington Post in 2015 that “the average time served for” exonerated individuals “in the registry is more than nine years.”

One of the executive producers of the “Survivor’s Guide to Prison” is Jeffrey Deskovic who was wrongfully convicted of the rape and murder of a teen girl, and sentenced to 15 years in prison.

Deskovic’s DNA didn’t match the the real perpetrator’s DNA.

After he was released from prison, Deskovic started the Jeffrey Deskovic Foundation to help those wrongfully convicted Americans and to prevent wrongful convictions.

Deskovic told AlterNet that the film is “an opportunity to start a national dialogue around what needs to change in the criminal justice system.”

The film will be released on Feb. 23, and is available on iTunes on Feb. 23.

(Sources: AlterNet, Gravitas Ventures/YouTube, Survivors Guide to Prison/Facebook, The Washington Post, Jeffrey Deskovic Foundation)

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