What is Wrongful Conviction Day?
International Wrongful Conviction Day is an 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 fifth annual day.
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.