Freedom Fighters

 

There’s a new detective agency in Dallas, Texas, started by four exonerated men, with 83 years in prison served between them. They call themselves the Freedom Fighters, and they are looking to free innocent people still behind bars.

Chris Scott was released from prison after serving 13 years of a life sentence for a murder he didn’t commit. This sounds like a nightmare, but it’s more common than you might think. 32 people like Chris have been exonerated in Dallas. Almost all of them are black men who were locked up in their youth and emerged in middle age looking for a way to make sense of what happened. One day at an exoneree support group meeting, an idea came to Chris: exonerees could become detectives, find other wrongfully convicted people sitting in prison, investigate their cases and prove their innocence. FREEDOM FIGHTERS follows them as they pursue clues and leads on their first case, along the way exploring their own stories of wrongful imprisonment, and their struggles to start their lives over again after exoneration.

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    Catapult Grant Awarded

  • Spring 2012