GUILTY UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY takes a hard look at the criminal justice system and its treatment of African-Americans. It focuses on 24-year-old Tim Conerly, who was picked off the streets because he was Black, identified by dazed and drunk victims as a person that robbed them, and spent the next two and a half years in jail awaiting trial. Then, Tim faced an awful choice: Accept a plea bargain of five years, or risk 50 to 198 years in prison if found guilty. Although Tim knew he was innocent, he wasn’t willing to bet his life on the outcome.
Tim’s story is not unique. Young Black men without resources face similar choices every day.