“The Innocence Files,” a documentary series inspired by the Innocence Project and Innocence Network, premiered on Netflix just last week, but already the response has been overwhelming.
Whether moved to tears or motivated to join the fight for justice, hundreds of people have shared their reactions and takeaways from the series on social media. Many have expressed support for the exonerees featured in the series — Kennedy Brewer, Levon Brooks, Keith Harward, Franky Carrillo, Thomas Haynesworth, Chester Hollman II, Kenneth Wyniemko and Alfred Dewayne Brown. While others have voiced outrage over the systemic injustices detailed in the show, from the use of unvalidated forensic methods like bite marks to prosecutorial misconduct. And some have even connected directly with exonerees.
The many responses we’ve seen from people all around the world have been incredible — these are just a few of our favorites. And we’re looking forward to seeing more.
Everyone on this Internet needs to watch @innocence. Right now.
— Shani Silver (@shanisilver) April 22, 2020
— ❤Shay Shay❤ (@ShawwwtyShay) April 20, 2020
I’ve been binging true crime documentaries & I can wholeheartedly recommend #TheInnocenceFiles on @netflix. There’s something wonderful about seeing justice served during uncertain times. Do yourself a favour & start it today 👍🏼 @innocence #innocenceproject
— Kelly McGibney (@KellyTeruko) April 22, 2020
Not only did #TheInnocenceFiles change my mind about capital punishment but it also opened my eyes to the absolute insanity of our criminal justice system. My heart broke listening to the nightmare these innocent men endured. @innocence what can average ppl do to help?
— 🌹🌻 Ant #416949 🔥 (@dontcalltextme) April 22, 2020
Who has seen “The Innocence Files” on Netflix? I’m gonna start it
— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) April 16, 2020
My brain can’t even fathom how people in these exoneration cases feel. This man was in jail 30 years. I haven’t even been on this earth 30 years. #TheInnocenceFiles
— Teah McClain (@RawwrMachine) April 16, 2020
Ready to watch #TheInnocenceFiles for the rest of the night! I first heard of @innocence during 2nd year of undergrad. They were featured on a docu about the death penalty in the US. Who knew years later I’d be getting a crim PhD in the US & giving guest lectures on the topic! 💭 pic.twitter.com/gZUxwEPmhN
— Catherine Law (@catherinelaw93) April 16, 2020
Watching #TheInnocenceFiles and I’m so shocked at some of the flimsy and uncertain evidence that is used to lock people away for a long time! I’m glad that the Innocence Project @innocence use DNA evidence & other means to expunge wrongful convictions!
— Smita🦋 Popstar Lil Mariah🍯 (@smitasayz) April 21, 2020
Injustices like these highlight why I’ve been fighting for decades to protect the innocent by increasing access to RELIABLE forensic evidence and post-conviction DNA testing through programs like the Kirk Bloodsworth Post-conviction DNA Testing Program.
— Sen. Patrick Leahy (@SenatorLeahy) April 17, 2020
One artist was so inspired by “The Innocence Files,” they created this portrait of our client Clemente Aguirre-Jarquin, who is not featured in the series, but recently spoke to the Innocence Project about how COVID-19 is impacting his life.
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Started a new project inspired by the new @innocenceproject piece on @netflix @theinnocencefiles These people are not just notes on a postit, it’s peoples lives. This is Clemente Aguirre-Jarquin, he served 14 years for a crime he didn’t commit. #innocent #innocenceproject #clementeaguirrejarquin #postit #portrait #art #pencil #drawing #art #artistsoninstagram #makeart #theinnocencefiles #truth
#TheInnocenceFiles are the new Tiger King
— timseddon (@timseddon) April 15, 2020
THIS deserves our undivided attention….Thank you @innocence for countless hours of tireless work advocating for justice on behalf of so many who are wrongfully incarcerated. Looking forward to binging #TheInnocenceFiles https://t.co/V9ysqiGeFG
— Aisha Hinds (@AishaHinds) April 15, 2020
Baking and watching and already losing my mind. We all know where mess is going to go. Thank GOD for you guys. Outstanding work. pic.twitter.com/6UdGZClezp
I am two episodes in to The Innocence Files (@innocence) on Netflix – it is a fascinating watch. Amazing how some prosecutors don’t focus on or ignore truth. It is all about how they sell their performance to a jury. A clash between winning and justice.
— Patrick Fitzpatrick (@PaFitzpatrick) April 15, 2020
Please watch #TheInnocenceFiles on Netflix. Tiger King May have been entertaining but this is important. Keep tissues on hand though. And maybe a stress ball or pillow you can scream into, because it will make you scream at the injustice.
— Sky Stevens (@sky_lepidus) April 16, 2020