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A petition off the back of a Netflix original documentary has amassed more than 150,000 signatures in just a couple of weeks.

'Making a Murderer' debuted on the streaming service on December 18th. It centres on the extraordinary story of Steven Avery, who was falsely jailed for 18 years for a rape he didn't commit. Two years after finally being freed based on DNA evidence, he was jailed for a murder that he again claims he didn't commit.

The documentary accuses the local police force in Wisconsin of unfairly targeting him, and framing him for the first crime while allowing the actual perpetrator to remain on the streets.

From the popularity of the petition, it seems many agree.

At time of writing, the petition on Change.org has amassed 157,796 signatures. A separate petition with the same aim on the official website of The White House has 19,116 signatures.

The former reads: "There is a documentary series on Netflix called 'Making a Murderer'. After viewing it, I am outraged with the injustices which have been allowed to compound and left unchecked [sic] in the case of Steven Avery of Manitowoc County in Wisconsin, USA. Avery's unconstitutional mistreatment at the hands of corrupt local law enforcement is completely unacceptable and is an abomination of due process.

"Steven Avery should be exonerated at once by presidential pardon, and the Manitowoc County officials complicit in his two false imprisonments should be held accountable to the highest extent of the US criminal and civil justice systems."

However, critics argue that the filmmakers omitted key pieces of evidence against Avery. In response, the filmmakers say they did their best to represent the prosecution's point of view and tried to contact state prosecutor Ken Kratz three times, but he declined to participate.

Avery is currently serving life in prison without parole for the murder of photographer Teresa Halbach. He maintains his innocence.

Source: Change.org, The White House

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