Photography of innocent Inmates

Schöne Fotoserie von Taryn Simon, in der er sie unschuldig Verurteilte an den Orten des Verbrechens, des Alibis oder der Verhaftung abbildet. Bild oben: Larry Mayes, Scene of arrest, The Royal Inn, Gary, Indiana.

The primary cause of wrongful conviction is mistaken identification. A victim or eyewitness identifies a suspected perpetrator through law enforcement's use of photographs and lineups. This procedure relies on the assumption of precise visual memory. But, through exposure to composite sketches, mugshots, Polaroids, and lineups, eyewitness memory can change. In the history of these cases, photography offered the criminal justice system a tool that transformed innocent citizens into criminals. Photographs assisted officers in obtaining eyewitness identifications and aided prosecutors in securing convictions.

Simon photographed these men at sites that had particular significance to their illegitimate conviction: the scene of misidentification, the scene of arrest, the scene of the crime or the scene of the alibi.

The Innocents (via Beautiful Decay)