International Wrongful Conviction Day October 2, 2018

What is Wrongful Conviction Day?

Wrongful Conviction Day is an international 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.

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63% of the 513 people exonerated by members of the Innocence Network are people of color. This Wrongful Conviction Day, the Innocence Network is standing up to help fix the criminal justice system by raising awareness about the role that racial bias plays in wrongful convictions.

It takes all of our voices to fix the system. Stand with the Innocence Network against racial bias in the criminal justice system. Sign the pledge today and add your name to a growing list of advocates.

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California Innocence Project

What: the California Innocence Project will host a rally at the CA State Capitol building to encourage Governor Brown to grant clemency for the California 12.

When: October 7, 2018 at 12:00 p.m.

Where: California State Capitol, 1315 10th St, Sacramento, CA

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Midwest Innocence Project

What: Fundraiser/Celebration

When: October 2, 2018

Where: recordBar

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NC Center on Actual Innocence

What: Wrongful Conviction Movie Night

When: October 6, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.

Where: Southern Village Green, 620 Market Street, Chapel Hill, NC 27516

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Wrongful Conviction Clinic - Indiana Univ.

What: Indiana exonerees Krissy Bunch, David Camm, Roosevelt Glenn, and Darryl Pinkins will attend and share their experiences in a panel discussion. David Camm’s Indiana lawyer, Stacy Uliana, will discuss the faulty forensic science, including blood spatter evidence, which was presented in the Camm case. Further, Dr. Mark Perlin, founder of Pittsburgh based Cybergenetics, will present on his groundbreaking probabilistic genotyping technology, which analyzed the relevant DNA mixtures and established the innocence of co-defendants Glenn and Pinkins.

When: October 2, 2018, 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Where: Wynne Courtroom (Room 100), Inlow Hall, 530 W. New York Street, Indianapolis, IN

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Innocence Project New Zealand

What: Expert talk: Reimagining Solutions to Miscarriages of Justice.

When: 5:30 on October 2

Where: Otago Museum

Center on Wrongful Convictions

What: Nashville Justice Jam hosted by Jason Strong and Mikah Wyman including speakers Jason Strong, Randall Mills, and Christina Braseel and music by Kyshona Armstrong, Joanna Barbera, and Griffin Winton. $5 suggested donation.

When: October 2 at 7:00

Where: Twin Kegs II

Innocence Project of Minnesota

What: Panel discussion on Shaken Baby Syndrome featuring Audrey Edmund. Register here.

When: October 2, 6:00

Where: Giddens Learning Center at Hamline University

Innocence Delaware

What: Meet Innocence Delaware, Introductory Fundraising Event Featuring Guest Speakers, Live Music, and Refreshments. Purchase tickets here. 

When: October 4, 5:30-8:00

Where: Barrister’s Club Widener University Delaware Law School

Arizona Justice Project

What: Exoneree and Supporter Reception – An officer of the Arizona Justice Project’s board of directors will host a private reception in celebration of exonerees and to thank major contributors.

Northern California Innocence Project

What: Private Event – NCIP donors, corporate partners, and other allies are gathering to honor all exonerees on Wrongful Conviction Day and learn more about how they can join the movement to end wrongful convictions.

Innocence Project at UVA School of Law

What: Speaking Event (Jason Flom, Dean Strang, Exonerees)

When: October 2, 2018, 6-9 p.m.

Where: Caplin Pavilion, UVA School of Law, 580 Massie Road, Charlottesville, VA

Duke Center for Crim Justice & Prof Responsibility

What: Speaking Event featuring Brandon Garrett

When: October 2, 2018, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

Where: Duke University School of Law, Room 3037, 210 Science Drive, Durham, NC

Innocence Project New Orleans

What: Film Screening of Twelve Angry Men followed by Panel Discussion

When: October 2, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

Where: The Broad Theater, 636 N. Broad Street, New Orleans, LA

Ohio Innocence Project

What: Speaking Event featuring Exonerees

When: October 3, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.

Where: 25700 Science Park Drive, Beachwood, OH

Advanced registration encouraged and more info here.

Bearcats Dash & Bash 5k Run/Walk

What: Bearcat Dash & Bash 5k Run/Walk

When: October 7, 2018 at 9:00 a.m.

Where: Bearcat Way, Cincinnati, OH

More info and tickets here.

Hawai'i Innocence Project

What: Panel Discussion – Native Hawaiians & Wrongful Convictions

When: October 2, 2018, 11:45 – 1:00 p.m.

Where: Moot Court Room, University of Hawaii Law School

Ohio Public Defender - Wrongful Conviction Project

What: Wrongful Conviction Awareness Event and Bake Sale

When: October 2, 2018 from 9 – 2:30 and 3:45 – 5

Where: Ohio State University School of Law

Ohio Public Defender - Wrongful Conviction Project

What: Wrongful Conviction Presentation

When: October 17, 2018 at 12:00 p.m.

Where: Capital Law School (open to faculty and students only)

Innocence Project Northwest

What: True Conviction – Film Screening/Panel Discussion

When: October 2, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.

Where: Northwest Film Forum

More info and tickets here.

Innocence Project Brazil

What: Speaking Event featuring Exoneree

When: October 2, 2018, 6:00-9:00 p.m.

Where: Casa 38 Eventos e Hospedagens Rua Rio Preto, 38, 01426010 São Paulo, Brazil

More info and registration here.

BOMA Chicago Building Illumination

Building Owners and Managers Association of Chicago Building to be lit yellow and white from October 1-6 in association with the Illinois Innocence Project

Illinois Innocence Project

What: Installation of flags representing each person exonerated since 1989

When: October 2

Where: University of Illinois Springfield quad

Cuyahoga Community College - Ohio Innocence Project

What: Two representatives from the Ohio Innocence Project, Raymond Towler and Alec Berezin, will present
different perspectives on wrongful conviction.

Where: Cayuhoga Community College, MLA 102

When: October 1 from 12:00-1:30

The Innocence Project at Osgoode Hall Law School

What: Legal education panel featuring William Mullins-Johnson who served 12 years for a crime that never occurred; Professor Alan Young, co-founder of the Innocence Project at Osgoode Hall; Jerome Kennedy, former Minister of Justice for Newfoundland and Labrador; and Ron Dalton, Co-President of Innocence Canada who served 8 years for a crime that never occurred. 

When: October 3 from 12:30-2:30

Where: Osgoode Hall Law School Moot Court, 4700 Keele St, North York, ON

Iowa Innocence Project

What: Prosecutor & Law Enforcement Panel on Wrongful Convictions. Open to students only.

Where: University of Iowa College of Law

When: October 2 at 3:30

Innocence Project of Florida

What: IPF Presents “Wrongful Conviction Day” including a panel discussion on wrongful convictions and race with opening statements from Tallahassee City Commissioner Richardson. Streamed Live via Facebook.

Where: Florida State University Law School

When: October 2 from 12:30-1:30

New England Innocence Project, Boston College Innocence Program, CPCS Innocence Program

What: Exhibits featuring information about the causes of wrongful conviction and interactive stations presenting the human impact of these tragedies. In addition, a short speaking program with Justice Geraldine Hines, representatives from area innocence organizations, and a slideshow featuring Massachusetts exonerees.

When: October 2 from 1:00-2:00

Where: John Adams Courthouse, Great Hall

JustIS 4 JustUS Inc. and the Center on Wrongful Convictions

What: Please join us for a free presentation by Juan Rivera, Co-founder of J4J, and a discussion with exonerees Jacques Rivera and Antoine Day.

When: Tuesday, October 2, 2018 at 3 PM – 5 PM

Where: Northwester Pritzker School of Law Parillo Courtroom Rubloff 155

Georgia Innocence Project

What: Theater marquee will display message about Wrongful Conviction Day

When: October 2

Where: Rialto Theater

Georgia Innocence Project

What: Theater marquee will display message about Wrongful Conviction Day

When: October 2

Where: Seven Stages Theater

Georgia Innocence Project

What: Wrongful Conviction Day Happy Hour

When: October 2, 5:00-7:00

Where: Manuel’s Tavern

University of British Columbia Innocence Project at the Allard School of Law

What: Wrongful Conviction Day speaking event

When: October 2 from 6:00-8:00

Where: Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia

Georgia Innocence Project

What: Wrongful Conviction Day school presentation

When: October 2

Where: Wesley International Academy

Georgia Innocence Project

What: Wrongful Conviction Day school presentation

When: October 2

Where: Grady High School

Georgia Innocence Project

What: Wrongful Conviction Day school presentation

When: October 2

Where: Carver High School

Georgia Innocence Project

What: Wrongful Conviction Day school presentation

When: October 2

Where: Dunwoody High School

Georgia Innocence Project

What: Wrongful Conviction Day school presentation

When: October 2

Where: Lakeside High School

Georgia Innocence Project

What: Wrongful Conviction Day school presentation

When: October 2

Where: Druid Hills High School

Georgia Innocence Project

What: Wrongful Conviction Day school presentation

When: October 2

Where: Decatur High School

Georgia Innocence Project

What: Wrongful Conviction class

When: October 2

Where: Georgia State University

Innocence Project

What: Fifteen minute screening preview of Chains, a documentary about Innocence Project client Barry Gibbs followed by a talk with the filmmaker and Innocence Project attorneys. RSVP to

When: October 2, 7-9pm

Where: Kickstarter Headquarters, 58 Kent Street, Brooklyn, NY

Georgia Innocence Project

What: A Wrongful Conviction Conference, examining the factors that lead to innocent people being imprisoned. Speakers include Yusef Salaam, one of the Central Park Five, Steve Bright, former President of the Southern Center for Human Rights, the Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard, and as well as representatives from the Georgia Innocence Project. GIP exoneree John White will speak on a panel about Mistakes in the criminal justice system, while Executive Director Clare Gilbert will speak on a GIP-specific panel with GIP’s first exoneree, Clarence Harrison, and Dekalb County Assistant Public Defender Jason Costa, who helped to win Clarence’s freedom when Jason was a GIP intern.

When: Saturday, October 6th, from 9am – 4pm,

Where: Emory School of Law

Georgia Innocence Project

What: David Rudolf, the defense attorney for Michael Peterson in the hit Netflix documentary series The Staircase, will discuss the details of the case, and the series. David will explore the conflicts he wrestled with in determining whether to let the filmmakers follow him, his client and his trial preparation, and insights into the most curious and contentious issues in the case.

When: Monday, October 8th, at 8pm

Where: The Buckhead Theater

Pennsylvania Innocence Project

What: Pennsylvania Innocence Project Executive Director Marissa Bluestine speaks on “The Personal Impact of Wrongful Convictions.” She will be joined at by PAIP exoneree Eugene Gilyard, who served 15 years for murder based on eyewitness misidentification.

When: October 2, 6:30-8:30

Where: Arcadia University’s Castle Rose and Mirror

Innocence Project

What: New York area exonerees and staff at New York based innocence organizations will be guests at the Brooklyn Nets v. New York Knicks exhibition game.

When: October 3 at 7:30

Where: Barclays Center

Innocence Project London

What: Bake sale

When: October 2

Where: University of Greenwich School of Law