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Berlinger, Famed For "Paradise Lost" Series, Reinvestigates "The System"

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Paige Fisher
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Radical Media/Al Jazeera

“The System,” a new documentary series now airing on Al-Jazeera America, covers some familiar ground for Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Joe Berlinger.

A look at the criminal justice system in America, the eight-part series covers topics like mandatory minimums, eyewitness testimony, false confessions, and fickle forensics, demonstrating inconsistencies in the law that have led to innocent people being locked up for years.

Berlinger’s other films include the incredible Paradise Lost series about the West Memphis Three and Some Kind of Monster, which caught Metallica on the verge of a painful breakup.

Originally aired on 5/28/14.

A lifelong resident of the Capital Region, Ian joined WAMC in late 2008 and became news director in 2013. He began working on Morning Edition and has produced The Capitol Connection, Congressional Corner, and several other WAMC programs. Ian can also be heard as the host of the WAMC News Podcast and on The Roundtable and various newscasts. Ian holds a BA in English and journalism and an MA in English, both from the University at Albany, where he has taught journalism since 2013.
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