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MIPTV Picks ’09 – Dallas DNA

Dallas DNA tells the story of Dallas' Conviction Integrity Unit (CIU), the first of its kind in America. The CIU is reviewing over 400 cases and utilizing DNA tests to verify the verdicts of each, and with the 40 cases reviewed thus far, almost half of those incarcerated have walked free.
March 20, 2009


Dallas’ Conviction Integrity Unit (CIU) is the first of its kind in America, run by Craig Watkins, Texas’ first African-American district attorney. The CIU is reviewing over 400 cases and utilizing DNA tests to verify the verdicts of each, and with the 40 cases reviewed thus far, almost half of those incarcerated have walked free.
Dallas DNA takes viewers into Dallas prisons and courtrooms, and while interviews with district attorneys and public defenders are engrossing, it’s the access to the prisoners, some of whom were wrongly imprisoned for decades, that makes for the most compelling watching.

Partners: Touch Productions (Bath) for Investigation Discovery (US) and Discovery UK; distributed through Outright Distribution
Length: 6 x 60 minutes
Airing: April 28, 2009 (US)
Rights available: All worldwide excluding US and UK

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news editor at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joined the RS team in 2015 with experience in journalism following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and with communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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