by Kirsten D. Levingston
What happens when a cop is wrongly convicted of murder, serves a dozen years in prison, is freed by DNA, and returns to the very department responsible for the miscarriage of justice against him? We'll find out this Wednesday at 10p. when NBC premieres its new crime drama, LIFE.
The show's protagonist is LAPD police officer Charlie Crews, convicted of a triple murder he claims he did not commit. Sentenced to a life term at a maximum security prison Crews loses his job, family, and friends before a DNA test proves his innocence.
How does LIFE's compelling narrative stack up to the reality of today's justice system? While art imitates life in some surprising ways, there are some differences that deserve our attention.
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