- Gebundene Ausgabe: 128 Seiten
- Verlag: Umbra ed (5. Januar 2003)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1884167187
- ISBN-13: 978-1884167188
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 23,9 x 1,5 x 29,7 cm
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- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 285.073 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
The Innocents (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 5. Januar 2003
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The Innocents is a book of portraits of former inmates accompanying a traveling exhibit by the same name mounted by the Innocence Project, a 10-year-old civil rights program founded by rock-star attorneys Peter Neufeld and Barry Scheck to free the wrongly convicted via DNA testing. Neufeld and Scheck provide the book's foreward and brief commentary on each case. The subjects are all ex-cons who were exonerated through DNA testing and then released after serving time. Some had been sentenced to life, some to death. Taryn Simon's photographs put prisoners in the spotlight--only this time they regain their dignity and become art in the process. Of the 80-plus portraits in the book, most were taken at the scenes of the crimes. Some pose with the victims. Ronald Cotton, for example, served more than 10 years of a life sentence for rape. He is photographed with a victim, both of them staring at the camera with fortitude and bitterness. Nearly every picture is similar, the subject staring directly into the lens, always surrounded by the same eerie, diffused light like the kind when tornadoes loom. The subjects are interviewed by Simon as well; their commentary is also distressing and poignant. Neil Miller says he had a better life in prison. Richard Danziger was freed but rendered brain damaged by a jailhouse attacker. Walter Snyder went to prison instead of the Olympics. Most of these subjects were convicted on the basis of witness misidentification. Simon's photos are also like mug shots, depicting their subjects with emotionless expressions and using lighting that flattens out the surroundings. But here they set the record straight as Simons art helps re-humanize them. --Eric Reyes
These are the faces and voices of the wrongfully convicted: fifty men and women who were imprisoned for years before proving their innocence with the help of The Innocence Project, which strives to transform criminal justice into a more equitable and reliable system. The personal testimonies of these victims of mistaken identity lay bare the paradox of innocence and imprisonment, the inability to recover the years stolen from them, and the state's unconscionable refusal to compensate them or ease their traumatic transition to civilian life.
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The pictures in this book put a human face to the exonerated. The simple, direct accompanying text and quotes from the former prisoners tell the story over and over. I highly recommend this book in conjunction with Actual Innocence which discusses the causes of false convictions and attempts to articulate solutions to this ongoing problem with our legal system (even though it is one of the best legal systems in the world).
Inside, each pair of pages shows one of the wrongfully convicted in a full-page color photograph: sometimes at the scene of the crime; sometimes at the place they were living when arrested; sometimes in one of the courtrooms they were in. The accompanying text details the crime, the details of their legal history, and paragraphs of their own words -- how it feels to be arrested and wrongfully convicted, how it feels to serve time in prison, how it feels to be free again, how it feels to live with permanent physical, mental, and social damage from years in prison.
No one in this book was freed on a legal technicality. One by one, each of them was freed based on positive evidence (mostly modern DNA testing) that ruled out their participation in the crime.
A few of the photographs show the original victims along with the people wrongfully convicted of crimes against them. Their stories are hard, too -- they really did suffer their crimes, and then they had to accept that the person convicted was the wrong person. I admire their courage for standing up for justice.