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The Innocentsby Taryn Simon and Peter Neufeld and Barry Scheck
Synopses & Reviews
These are the faces and voices of the wrongfully convicted. These are the stories of people imprisoned for years before finally proving their innocence.
This collection of photographs and oral histories of fifty men and women gathered from across the United States forcefully describes a judicial system most of us would not recognize, where corrupt prosecutors, sleeping lawyers, bent cops, and jailhouse snitches subvert the most fundamental principles of justice. Photographer Taryn Simon and leading attorneys Neufeld and Scheckk bring us face-to-face with individuals falsely accused and convicted. Through Simon's portraits and interviews, their personal testimonies lay bare the paradox of innocence and imprisonment, the inability to recover the years stolen from them, and the states' unconscionable refusal to compensate them or to ease their traumatic transition to civilian life.
The Innocents includes commentary and case narratives by Neufeld and Scheck, as well as resource information. The images and voices proclaim an historic turning point in America — a new civil rights movement for equal justice — and an opportunity to figure out what went wrong, how to fix it, and how to help these survivors heal.
An accompanying traveling exhibition of the cover images will tour to education and outreach venues nationally through 2005. An additional exhibition of environmental portraits and video will tour to major museum venues.
Offers the faces and voices of individuals falsely accused and convicted of crimes, presenting the stories of innocent men and women who were imprisoned for years before they obtained postconviction exonerations.
Tells the stories of individuals who served time in prison for violent crimes they did not commit.
Leading civil rights attorneys Peter Neufeld and Barry Scheck of The Innocence Project commissioned photographer Taryn Simon to travel across the United States photographing and interviewing individuals who were convicted of heinous crimes of which they were innocent. Simon photographed these innocents at sites of particular significance to their illegitimate conviction: the scene of the crime, misidentification, arrest, or alibi. Simon’s portraits are accompanied by a commentary by Neufeld and Scheck.
About the Author
Barry Scheck and Peter Neufeld worked together to establish the Innocence Project, a law program that has either represented or assisted in the representation of over 115 people exonerated through post-conviction DNA testing in 1992. Both Neufeld and Scheck are partners in the law firm Cochran, Neufeld & Scheck, specializing in civil rights and constitutional litigation. Scheck is known for his representation of well-known defendants such as Hedda Nussbaum, Louise Woodward, and O.J. Simpson, and the firm currently represents Abner Louima, Danny Keyes, and Jarmaine Grant, as well as Thomas Pizzuto. Neufeld and Scheck serve together on the New York State Commission on Forensic Science and collaborated with Jim Dwyer to write Actual Innocence (Doubleday, 2000/Signet, 2001). Both Scheck and Neufeld live in New York City.
Taryn Simon (Photographs and Interviews) lives and works in New York City. She is a graduate of Brown University. Her editorial work can be found in The New York Times Magazine, Visionaire, The New Yorker, Harpers Bazaar, French Vogue, and Vanity Fair. She was awarded a Guggenheim fellowship in 2001.
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