The new Netflix documentary series The Innocence Files is inspired by ‘The Innocence Project’, started in 1992 by the New York lawyers Peter Neufeld and Barry Scheck who use DNA technology to exonerate people who were wrongly convicted.
There are now Innocence Projects in every state of the US. They have been able to get over 2500 people out of jail, often after decades – but there are many, many more desperately awaiting their help.
On the day Netflix premiered The Innocence Files, John Adams director Tracy Metz interviewed Roger Ross Williams, who directed the first three episodes of the series. He was joined by Bart Stapert, judge at the Court of Appeals in Den Bosch, and a former defense attorney in the Netherlands and in Louisiana. You can watch the interview here. Click on the video below to watch.
We had planned to do a big John Adams event about The Innocence Project at the end of May, with – amongst others – Ohio law professor Mark Godsey and an exoneree, Rickey Jackson, who spent 39 years in prison – 39 years! – for a crime he did not commit. We hope we will be able to invite them over later this year.
Moderator: Tracy Metz