The Exonerated by Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen
This play was prepared by Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen. In 2002, it was performed in Los Angeles for the first time. It was introduced by Gang, an actor on April the 19s. The story involves five men and a woman from America. These people were found guilty of criminal charges that they were liable for. They were freed after 100 years and over when the system for criminal justice in the nation changed and corrected the errors.
These natives had been sentenced to death for criminal activities which they were not involved in. The prisoners are able to reveal the misconducts of the police and the parties that are involved in the judicial process (Blank and Jensen 20). These conducts lead to the conviction and prosecution of people who were innocent of the charges laid against them. The play tries to answer several questions which include:
- What does it take for one’s freedom to be taken away from him or her?
- What does the self respect mean and what does it mean to a human being?
- What is justice and does the community have the strategies of administering justice.
The main goal of the play is to inform the audience on the benefits of freedom and also in the benefit of the upholding the truth. The play provides the audience with an opportunity of drawing their own conclusion on the matters presented. The players do not thus try to influence the audience but to provide them with information. They do not also focus on drawing certain feelings from the audience. Sunny Jacobs is one of the prisoners who had served a sixteen years jail term before she was released where she decided to become a living memorial (Garrett 25). Kerry max was also another prisoner found guilty of murdering a woman.
Tibbs, a poet was bitter and angry with the system that did not give them justice. This was the main reason why Jessica Blank and Jensen decided to compile these stories and come up with the Exonerated. The play is able to outline the limitations of the American criminal justice system. These are some of the examples of the people that were unfairly treated despite the fact that they were blameless (Garrett 25). The play script is obtained from the transcript, letters and the interviews made by the prisoners and thus it makes use of the exact words that the inmates used to define the scenario.
The creation of the play is comprised of ten roles which must be appropriately allocated. These roles must be taken up by individuals who are able to bring out the suffering that these people were going through. The play finally ends with a glare of hope when the inmates get their freedom which means that the justice system had finally reformed to stand by the truth.
A justice system that does not offer its people a free and fair trial leads to the development of deaths of many innocent peoples. It is important that a justice system is able to verify the evidence presented before them and make sure that it meets the requirement that is needed to declare an individual guilty of certain criminal charges.
Blank, J., and E. Jensen. The exonerated. London: Faber and Faber, 2006. Print.
Garrett, B. Convicting the innocent: Where criminal prosecutions go wrong. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2011. Print.