International Wrongful Conviction Day October 2, 2019

What is Wrongful Conviction Day?

International Wrongful Conviction Day is a day to raise awareness of the causes and remedies of wrongful conviction and to recognize the tremendous personal, social, and emotional costs of wrongful conviction for innocent people and their families.

Wrongful Conviction Day began as an effort of the Innocence Network, an affiliation of organizations dedicated to providing pro bono legal and investigative services to individuals seeking to prove innocence of crimes for which they have been convicted, working to redress the causes of wrongful convictions, and supporting the exonerated after they are freed.  This is the sixth annual day.

Get Involved

We’re all susceptible to biases and human error, but in the criminal justice system these can have grave consequences. We cannot stop being human, but we can learn from our mistakes.

Training for all actors in the criminal justice system on the human factors that influence criminal investigations can help. Thank those that are already taking this important step and call on others to do the same.



For many wrongfully convicted people, their freedom story began with a letter they sent from prison with the hope that someone would hear them and do something.

Today you can write a letter to help someone receive clemency, have their case reviewed, or simply send your support with some kind words. Let people know you’re listening and you want to right the wrongs of wrongful conviction.


Spread the Word

NBA Coaches and Players PSAs

Watch Wrongful Conviction Day videos from NBA Coaches and Players. View Here.

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Innocence Network Member Resources

Innocence Network Member interested in promoting your own event? Find some resources here (password required).

Find An Event Near You

Check back soon for more 2019 events!

Innocence Project of Texas

What: Sanaa Expo featuring Anna Vasquez, Lisa Price, Raymond Santana, and Lydia Evans. More info at
When: Saturday, October 5, 12:00-5:00
Where: Buffalo Soldiers National Museum, 3816 Caroline St, Houston, TX

California Innocence Project

What: 2019 XONR8 Gala – purchase tickets online.
When: October 2, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where:The Headquarters at Seaport Village, 789 W Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA

Arizona Justice Project

What: A lunch discussion about current issues on wrongful convictions in Arizona, featuring Kirk Bloodsworth, the first person to be sentenced to death and then later exonerated by DNA evidence. Event is free, but RSVP required.
When: October 2, 11:30-1:00
Where: ASU Law School’s Great Hall, 111 E Taylor St, Phoenix, AZ

Midwest Innocence Project

What: Champions of Justice fundraiser and concert featuring Brandon Phillips and The Condition and The Black Creatures. Hosted by the Midwest Innocence Project NextGen Board. Click for more information.
When: October 2, 6:00-10:00
Where: recordBar 1520 Grand Blvd, Kansas City, MO

Innocence Project of Minnesota

What: Come hear the experiences of Julie Jonas from the Minnesota Innocence Project and Koua Fong Lee, who was wrongly convicted of killing three people in 2006 in the Twin Cities. This event will examine the role of race, culture, and poverty in contributing to wrongful convictions. Hosted by the Center for Justice and Law. Purchase tickets.
When: Friday, October 04 12:30 PM – 04:30 PM
Where: Hamline University Anderson Center, 774 Snelling Ave N, St Paul, MN

Hawai'i Innocence Project

What: Wrongful Conviction Day event with case presentations and guest speaker Roynes Dural whose case was just overturned last week at the Hawai’i Supreme Court.
When: 10/2 from 11:30-1:30
Where: University of Hawai’i Law School 2515 Dole Street Honolulu HI 96822

Washington Innocence Project

What: Screening of the first episode of the Starz documentary series “Wrong Man” focusing on the case of Evaristo Junior Salas, who was convicted of murder in Yakima, WA at the age of 15. Followed by audience Q and A with members of Junior’s family.
When: October 2 at 5:30
Where: Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave, Seattle, WA

UBC Innocence Project

What: RIDE FOR JUSTICE is an indoor cycling event that will take place in solidarity with Wrongful Conviction Day to raise funds and awareness for those seeking to prove their innocence. For more info or to make a donation click here.
When: October 5 at 12:30
Where: Eastwood Cycle in Gastown

Innocence Project

What: Innocence Project staff will participate in the Wrongful Conviction Day letter writing campaign. (This is a closed event.)
When: October 2

Innocence Project of Florida

What: “Writing Wrongs” event. Free to attend. Beer and wine provided.
When: October 2, 5:00-7:00 pm
Where: Florida State University College of Law Rotunda, 425 W Jefferson St, Tallahassee, FL

Illinois Innocence Project

What: Brown Bag Lunch with Exoneree Angel Gonzalez
When: October 2 at 12:00
Where: UIS Student Union, 2nd flr at 12:00 p.m

What: Exonerations Flag Display
When: October 2 all day
Where: UIS quad

Northern California Innocence Project

Private event to introduce people to the Northern California Innocence Project

Northern California Innocence Project

What: Two tabling events and a class presentation on wrongful convictions
When: October 2
Where: Santa Clara University

Ohio Innocence Project

What: Exoneree Dean Gillispie will be speaking to students
When: September 30
Where: University of Dayton

Ohio Innocence Project

What: Robert McClendon will be participating in a cornhole fundraiser and to raise awareness of Ohio Innocence Project
When: October 2 from 4pm to 6:30pm
Where: John Carroll University Main Quad 1 John Carroll Blvd. University Heights, OH

Ohio Innocence Project

What: Meet and greet and presentation to students with exoneree Raymond Towler
When: Meet and Greet is from 3:30 to 5pm and Presentation is from 5pm to 6:30pm
Where: Ohio University Bentley Hall (4 President Street Athens, OH 45701)

Georgia Innocence Project

What: Presentations on wrongful convictions in eleven schools
When: October 2
Where: Atlanta metro area

Georgia Innocence Project

What: Presentation on wrongful convictions in a local school
When: October 2
Where: Macon, GA

Georgia Innocence Project

What: Presentation on wrongful convictions in a local school
When: October 2
Where: Savannah, GA

New England Innocence Project, BC Innocence Program, CPCS Innocence Program

What: Presentations on wrongful convictions in nine schools
When: October 2
Where: Greater Boston area

New England Innocence Project, BC Innocence Program, CPCS Innocence Program

What: Presentation on wrongful convictions
When: October 2
Where: Springfield Honors Academy

New England Innocence Project, BC Innocence Program, CPCS Innocence Program

What: Presentation on wrongful convictions
When: October 2
Where: Canton High School

New England Innocence Project, BC Innocence Program, CPCS Innocence Program

What: Presentation on wrongful convictions
When: October 2
Where: Lawrence High School

New England Innocence Project, BC Innocence Program, CPCS Innocence Program

What: Presentation on wrongful convictions
When: October 2
Where: Masconomet Regional, Boxboro MA

Alaska Innocence Project

What: AKIP is partnering with the University of Alaska, Anchorage Justice Center to present a panel/lecture on campus highlighting the importance of AKIP’s work and what it means to be wrongfully convicted in Alaska. Parking fees will be waived.
When: October 2 from 7:00-8:30pm
Where: UAA/APU Consortium Library (3211 Providence Dr, Anchorage, AK ) in room 307

Exoneration Project and Chicago Torture Justice Center

Workshop/support group on Transformational Healing for local wrongful conviction survivors/exonerees.

Innocence Project New Orleans

What: Stop by IPNO’s table and leave a note of support to Bobbie Jean Johnson or other IPNO clients. We’ll have writing supplies and information on Bobbie Jean and other clients you can write to. Kids welcome!
Date: October 2, 10am-7pm
Location: 300 N. Broad Street, New Orleans (Whole Foods Lobby)

Michigan Innocence Clinic

What: Wrongful Conviction Day lunch event featuring two exonerees, Justly Johnson and Kendrick Scott. Open to the law school community only.
When: October 2 at noon
Where: University of Michigan Law School in Jeffries Hall (701 S. State, Ann Arbor)

Office of the Ohio Public Defender, Wrongful Conviction Project

What: The Wrongful Conviction Project will be hosting a letter writing campaign for all departments of the Ohio Public Defender and law students to come enjoy refreshments and write letters of support to, and on behalf of clients. By invite only.
When: On October 2nd from 11 AM to 1 PM

West Virginia Innocence Project

What: Visit an educational table about issues associated with wrongful convictions
When: October 1
Where: WVU Student Center

West Virginia Innocence Project

What: Visit an educational table to learn more about issues associated with wrongful conviction
When: October 2
Where: WVU School of Law

West Virginia Innocence Project

What: Blaze Pizza will donate 20% of proceeds from your meal to the West Virginia Innocence Project (flyer required)
When: October 2 from 5:00-8:00 pm
Where: Blaze Pizza, 525 Granville Square, Suite 127, Morgantown, WV

Oklahoma Innocence Project at OCU Law

What: Full Circle fundraiser for the Oklahoma Innocence Project recognizing Wrongful Conviction Day with emcee Maggie Carlo, musical guest Justin Echols, featured speakers Elizabeth Fritz Clinton and Christy Sheppard, and exonerees Malcolm Scott and Michelle Murphy. Purchase tickets here.

When: October 2 from 7-9 pm

Where: Oklahoma City University School of Law, 800 N Harvey Avenue

Innocence and Justice Project at the University of New Mexico School of Law

What: Tabling event at the law school to bring awareness to the issues of mass incarceration  and the role of race in wrongful convictions

When: October 2

Where: University of New Mexico School of Law

Northern California Innocence Project

What: Presentation for students on wrongful convictions

When: October 2

Where: San Ramon Valley High School

Georgia Innocence Project

What: Join GIP, friends, and exonerees for wrongful conviction trivia night!

When: Wednesday, Oct. 2 at 7:00 pm

Where: the Georgia Beer Garden (420 Edgewood Ave. SE, Atlanta)

Georgia Innocence Project

What: Preschool Story Time, reading of The Trial of Cardigan Jones, open to the first 10 participants for in person event.

When: Facebook live stream on October 1 at 7:15 pm and in-person story time October 2 from 12:00-12:30 pm

Where: Gresham Library, 2418 Gresham Road, Atlanta and streamed live on Facebook

Jeffrey Deskovic Foundation

What: Panel moderated by Dr. Sorochinski featuring Jeffrey Deskovic, Huwe Burton, Terrance Lewis, and Professor Dorfman

When: October 1 at 5:00 pm

Where: Pace University, Tutor Room, 78 N Broadway, White Plains

Duke Center for Criminal Justice and Professional Responsibility

What: Join the Duke Law Innocence Project for a panel discussion on International Wrongful Conviction Day, featuring Dontae Sharpe.

When: Wednesday, October 2, 2019 • 12:30 PM

Where: Duke Law School 3043