Those stories (some augmented by surveillance video and courtroom proceedings) also offer a geographical cross-section, as directors Trish Adlesic and Geeta Gandbhir make stops in Baltimore, Cleveland and Los Angeles.
Like any good piece of advocacy journalism, “I Am Evidence” contains a strong point of view, one that derives power from its simplicity: Finding the money to promptly analyze kits will provide closure for those who were attacked and almost surely prevent future crimes. The fact that former Cuyahoga County prosecutor Tim McGinty calls rape kits “the best bargain in the history of law enforcement” — given that one in four leads to a conviction — only makes the failure to take advantage of the science all the more frustrating.
The policy implications — and associated call to action — thus appear entirely self-evident. And in roughly the time it takes to watch a pair of “Law & Order” episodes, “I Am Evidence” more than makes its case.
“I Am Evidence” premieres April 16 at 8 p.m. on HBO.