It’s true crime time! Streaming giant Netflix has been on a roll with their documentary content as of late, and they’re looking to continue that with a new series called The Innocence Files. The trailer for the upcoming show was released today, and it’s already receiving praise from viewers.
Unlike some of the other more haunting true crime stories on Netflix, The Innocence Files will likely have you feeling much better about the world when you finish watching. The series tells the story of eight individuals, all of whom were wrongfully convicted and eventually exonerated.
The wrongful convictions in question were overturned thanks to the tireless efforts of a nonprofit organization called the Innocence Project and other groups within the Innocence Network.
“These stories expose difficult truths about the state of America’s deeply flawed criminal justice system while showing when the innocent are convicted, it is not just one life that is irreparably damaged forever: Families, victims of crime, and trust in the system are also broken in the process,” the show’s official synopsis reads.
“I think the best thing that a lawyer can do with their license is get an innocent guy out of prison,” lawyer Ellen Eggers says in the trailer for the new series.
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“I have nothing but respect for those lawyers. Swimming upstream for years, poor pay, all because they want to help innocent people. Will definitely watch,” one person commented on YouTube.
“Netflix is going all in with these docs man between this and Tiger King my goodness ❤👍,” another comment reads.
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Many of the true crime documentaries released on Netflix so far this year have found great success. Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez, The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez, Tiger King, and How to Fix a Drug Scandal have all received plenty of commentary from viewers on social media.
All nine episodes of The Innocence Files will be streaming on Netflix as of April 15. You can check out the trailer for the series below.