You’ve been accused of something you didn’t do. Let’s kick it up a notch: You’ve been punished for something you didn’t do. Another notch: You’ve been convicted and jailed for a crime you are truly innocent of.
Now, imagine this:
You have been scheduled for execution. You are on death row. From anywhere from two to twenty-two years.
And you are innocent.
A generous friend treated me to a theatrical experience last night, and it was – I don’t want to use riveting, spellbinding, breath-taking – but it was. Produced by Culture Project in association with Innocence Project, “The Exonerated” will lead you to question our justice system. “The Exonerated” depicts such a situation, based on the harrowing experiences of actual individuals sentenced to death and later released because of overwhelming evidence of their innocence. The actors delivered words from interviews, letters, case files, public records. Intense and profound.
But before I encountered the play, I was held by a lobby exhibit of 10 paintings and drawings, part of artist Daniel Bolick’s “Resurrected: The Innocence Portraits.” The exhibit’s aim is to “give a ‘visual voice’ to the problem of wrongful incarceration.” His work took my breath from me and left in its place a lump in your throat. Check out the artist, Daniel Bolick, at http://www.danielbolick.com/galleries/resurrected/portraits/profiles-exonerated.html. Continue reading