Some Convictions are Criminal
DocumentaryStorm is proud to present “Witch Hunt,” a feature length documentary narrated by Sean Penn that tells the story of a small American city and the police’s witch-hunt that terrorized its citizens. In the 1980s, there were many rumors of child molestation and satanism around the country and the public was was full of fear. In response, voters in the small city of Bakersfield, California elected a tough on crime district attorney by the name of Ed Jagels which they hoped would keep their town’s children safe.
Not long after he was elected, the witch-hunt began. Jagels created a task force dedicated to investigating sex crimes against children and before long the court cases began. Dozens of innocent working class men and women were accused and had their lives destroyed as they were humiliated and put behind bars. Many of these individuals were locked up for decades before being exonerated of these alleged crimes.
This film makes you wonder: with over 2 million Americans in jail right now how many of them are actually innocent?