Berlinger's cameras follow a team of esteemed legal, investigative and forensic experts including renowned civil rights attorney Ronald Kuby, former prosecutor Sue-Ann Robinson, retired NCIS investigator Joe Kennedy, and Ira Todd, a member of Detroit's elite Homicide Task Force, as they re-investigate the cases of three inmates who have been locked up for decades and claim they are innocent.
These types of wrongful conviction cases are not rare, according to the non-profit legal organization Innocence Project who estimates that up to 5 percent of all prisoners in the U.S. are convicted of crimes they did not commit. With more than 2 million people in prison, that means potentially 120,000 innocent people may be behind bars. This verité series follows investigators into prisons and to the scenes of the crimes to crack open the cases as they hunt for new evidence, track down witnesses and talk to often-reluctant law-enforcement, looking beyond guilt and innocence to expose the flaws in the criminal justice system.
Evaristo Salas was 16 years old in 1997 when he was sentenced as an adult to 33 years in Washington state prison. His murder conviction was based on two witnesses, including a confidential police informant who came forward to our investigators and spoke on camera publically about his incriminating testimony for the very first time.
Christopher Tapp confessed to killing and sexually assaulting an 18-year-old girl in Idaho but only after multiple and lengthy taped police interrogations. The mother of the victim has become convinced that his confession was coerced by police and that the wrong man is in prison for the murder of her daughter.
Finally, Curtis Flowers is on Mississippi death row despite the fact that for two decades, he?s been tried six times for the same crime by the very same prosecutor in a case riddled with evidentiary problems. Flowers maintains he had no part in the quadruple murder that landed him on death row.