International Wrongful Conviction Day October 2, 2017

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 Third Annual day.

Compassion + Compensation

Sign the Pledge

Most exonerees spend years in prison only to return to society without any resources.  Some justice systems have laws that allow for compensation and resources for wrongful convictions.  Others require exonerees to file complicated claims in a long, drawn out process that takes years.  All exonerees deserve fair compensation, services like education and job training, and an apology from the state.

Let’s work together to ensure that the wrongfully convicted receive the compassion they deserve, and right the wrongs of our past.  Show your support for improving compensation for the wrongfully convicted by signing the pledge below.

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Find An Event Near You

Events Are Happening Worldwide

California Innocence Project

The California Innocence Project will host an event on October 4, 2016.  Details are below.

What: Walk and Presentation for Wrongful Conviction Day

When: October 4, 2016 beginning at 4:30 p.m.


4:30 – Meet at 220 West Broadway – San Diego Superior Court

4:40 – Walk to 350 Cedar Street – California Western School of Law

5:00 – Reception on 3rd floor of 350 Cedar Street – California Western School of Law

6:00 – Justin Brooks introduces Senator Joel Anderson and four exonerees

7:30 – Event concludes

Wrongful Conviction Day at University of Guelph-Humber

Date: Monday, October 3rd, 2016

Address: University of Guelph-Humber.
207 Humber College Blvd.
GH 424
Toronto, Ontario,
M9W 5L7

Time: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Speaker: Maria Shepherd, who was acquitted on February 29, 2016.

For further details about all the activities taking place in recognition of Wrongful Conviction Day, please contact Joseph Italiano at, 647-995-8961 or Sandy Labib, 647-236-1142.

*This event is by invitation only.*

Innocence Canada - Third Annual Wrongful Conviction Day

Third Annual

Wrongful Conviction Day

OCTOBER 2, 2016

Kingston joins cities across Canada and around the world in proclaiming Sunday October 2nd as Wrongful Conviction Day.

Maria Shepherd tells her story

Parish Hall

St. James’ Anglican Church

10 Union St. West, Kingston

Saturday, September 24, 10:00

We will learn how wrongful convictions occur and the impact they have on the individual, the family and the community.

 “To her children she is a “warrior,” to the court she is acquitted, and to world she is innocent, at last.”  (Toronto Star, February 29, 2016)

“The conviction of innocent people is an international human rights issue. Wrongful conviction devastates individuals, families, communities and societies. On Oct. 2, Innocence Canada (formerly The Association in Defence of the Wrongly Convicted) will join innocence groups and advocates around the world who are committed to fighting for the exoneration of people who’ve been convicted of serious crimes they didn’t commit.”  – Ron Dalton, Exoneree & Innocence Canada, Co-President

Light refreshments available.

Center on Wrongful Convictions

CLE: The Intersection of False Confessions and Police Accountability Wednesday, October 5, 2016 12:00-1:00pm Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP 525 W Monroe St # 1900, Chicago, IL 60661 Speaker: Greg Swygert Registration Link:

Connecticut Innocence Project - Quinnipiac University School of Law

Panel discussion, Quinnipiac Law School, October 5, 5-7pm

Innocence Project of Minnesota - Panel Discussion

Panel discussion with exonerees Michael Hansen and Koua Fong Lee and Sen. Ron Latz October 4th , 2016 from 11:30am – 12:30pm at Hamline University (Anderson Center Room 304/305). Light lunch provided.

Santa Monica - Lighting of Clocktower Building

Lighting of the clocktower building, 225 Santa Monica Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA, Oct. 4 at dusk

OIP-u Xavier University - Exoneree Speaking Event

October 3rd, 2016 in Cincinnati, Ohio Lunchtime Panel discussion with OIP Exonerees at Xavier University

OIP-u John Carroll University - Lunchtime Panel Discussion

September 23, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio Lunchtime Panel Discussion featuring the Exoneree Band at John Carroll University

Ohio Innocence Project - University of Cincinnati - Bearcat Dash & Bash 5k

October 2nd, 2016 in Cincinnati, Ohio Exoneree Walk during Bearcat Dash and Bash 5k walk at the University of Cincinnati

OIP-u Dayton University - Making a Murderer Discussion

October 3rd, 2016 in Dayton, Ohio Making a Murderer Presentation and Discussion by Dr. Melissa Berry, faculty advisor for the University of Dayton chapter of OIP-u

OIP-u Ohio State - Information Table

October 4th, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio Wrongful Conviction Day Information Table at The Ohio State University – Ohio Union

Pennsylvania Innocence Project - Innocence Means...Map

Help us create a Wall for Innocence! Complete the phrase “Innocence Means…” and take a picture or a selfie with your answers and send them to or @innocencepa

Illuminations Canada - CN Tower

October 2: Dusk-dawn except for 8 min general light show at the top of every hour.

Illuminations Canada - Vancouver City Hall

October 2 – Dusk-dawn

Illuminations Canada - Calgary - McMahon Stadium

October 2 – Dusk-dawn

Illuminations Canada - Calgary - Langevin Bridge

October 2 – Dusk-dawn

Illuminations Canada - Fort Erie - Peace Bridge

October 2 – Sunset-1:00 am

Illuminations Canada - Ontario - Niagara Falls

October 2 – 10:00-10:15 pm

Illuminations Canada - Missiasauga, Ontario - Clock Tower

8 pm – 5 am

Illuminations Canada - Edmonton - High Level Bridge

October 3 – Sunset-late evening (no end time provided)

Illuminations Canada - Vancouver - BC Place

October 6 – Sunset-11:00pm

Oregon Innocence Project - Lighting of Morrison Bridge

The Morrison Bridge will be lit up on October 4th starting at dusk.

Boston College Innocence Program - Speaking Event

Boston College Innocence Program

On Thursday, October 6th the Boston College Innocence Program will host New York Times bestselling co-author Jennifer Thompson speaking on “Healing the Harms of Wrongful Conviction.” This event, which free and open to all, is one of many events taking place around the world the first week of October in recognition of International Wrongful Conviction Day.

Event details:
When: Thursday 10/6 at 5:15 p.m.
Where: East Wing 120, Boston College Law School, 885 Centre St. Newton. Park in any white-lined space on Newton campus. Directions here:

University of Baltimore Innocence Project Clinic - Wrongful Convictions in Maryland

University of Baltimore Innocence Project Clinic & the Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project

From Bloodsworth to Today:
Wrongful Convictions in Maryland

Leaders of UB’s Innocence Project Clinic and the Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project and other experts will discuss wrongful convictions in Maryland.
When: Thursday, Sep. 29, 2016, 11 a.m.-5:45 p.m.
Location: John and Frances Angelos Law Center
Room: 12th Floor and Moot Court
Register here:

Illinois Innocence Project - Bloodsworth: An Innocent Man

Illinois Innocence Project

“Bloodsworth: An Innocent Man” Documentary Screening

Date: Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Time: 6:00 p.m. (come hungry for movie snacks!)

Location: University of Illinois Springfield Student Life Building, Multipurpose Room;

October 4 – Installation: Flags to represent each person exonerated to date will be placed in the ground on the University of Illinois Springfield campus

Duke Innocence Clinic - Lamonte Armstrong Discussion

Duke Innocence Clinic

Lunch discussion
What: Come hear from Lamonte Armstrong, a man who was incarcerated for 16 years for a murder he didn’t commit. Lamonte will tell his own story and speak out about the need to end wrongful convictions

When: Tuesday, October 4th at 12:30pm

Where: Duke Law School, 210 Science Dr, Durham, NC 27708

Innocence Project New Orleans - After Innocence Screening

Innocence Project New Orleans

Screening After Innocence with a Q&A after at the Broad Theater (636 N Broad Street, New Orleans).

October 4, 6:30 p.m.

Montana Innocence Project

Montana Innocence Project Events

Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016
 Spencer Veysey Memorial Rugby Mixer
Remembering Spencer’s contributions to the Montana Innocence Project and Missoula Rugby
1:00 p.m., UM Jesters Rugby Pitch at Dornblaser Fields (social and presentations following)
Monday, Oct. 3, 2016
 Montana Innocence Project Week Proclamation by Missoula City Council
7:00, Missoula City Council Chambers
Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016
 CLE-Brady Evidence, Larry Mansch & Toby Cook, MTIP Legal Staff
12:00, Castles Center, Alexander Blewett III School of Law
 Pint Night for MTIP
6:00-9:00 p.m., Tamarack Brewing, Missoula
Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016
 Film, An Innocent Man: The Kirk Bloodsworth Story
6:00, social hour, 7:00 film with panel afterwards. The Silver, Missoula
Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016
 MTIP Presentation, Sentinel Kiwanis
7:30 a.m., City Life, Missoula
Friday, Oct. 7, 2016
 MTIP Open House and Awards
5:30-7:30, Atrium, Alexander Blewett III School of Law
 Attorney from NetFlix “Making of a Murderer” Dean Strang
6:00 p.m.
Dean Kirgis’ Law School Band, Exclusive MTIP print by Monte Dolack for sale

Ohio Public Defender - Wrongful Conviction Project

Office of the Ohio Public Defender – Wrongful Conviction Project

October 4, 1:00 roundtable discussion on wrongful convictions with Virginia LeFever, 250 East Broad Street |Columbus, Ohio. By Invitation Only.

Operation Wrongful Conviction Rally

Operation Wrongful Conviction Rally

Oct 4 9:00-5:00; St. Louis Appellate Courthouse
One Post Office Square
815 Olive St. Room #304
St. Louis, MO

Operation Wrongful Conviction Rally

Operation Wrongful Conviction Rally

Oct 4 County Courthouse
102 North Missouri St., Potosi, MO 63664
Time: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Operation Wrongful Conviction Rally

Operation Wrongful Conviction Rally – Illinois State Capitol

301 South 2nd Street
Springfield, Illinois 61754
Friday, September 30 at 11 AM – 3 PM

Operation Wrongful Conviction Rally

Operation Wrongful Conviction Rally

Mill Creek Park on the Plaza, 47th and JC Nichols Parkway, Kansas City, MO, Oct 1, 2:00-6:00

Arizona Justice Project - Wrongful Conviction Day

Join us on October 4th to honor the wrongfully convicted and hear from Arizona Justice Project exonerees on their wrongful convictions, how they obtained their freedom, and what they are doing now to help others.


Arizona State University

Beus Center for Law and Society

5th floor conference room

Northern California Innocence Project

What: Come and find our giant “I” and learn more about wrongful convictions!

When: October 4, 2016 from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Where: Outside Bannan Hall – Santa Clara University School of Law

University of Ontario Institute of Technology - Wrongful Conviction Day

University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT)

Wrongful Conviction Day!

Date:    Monday, October 6th, 2016

Address:   University of Ontario Institute of Technology

61 Charles St.

Oshawa, Ontario, L1H 4X8

Time:    10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

The University of Ontario Institute of Technology will be conducting an awareness campaign between 10 am and 2 pm on October 6.  For further details about the activities taking place, please contact Maha Khan at

Humber College - Wrongful Conviction Day


The Criminal Justice Program along with Humber’s Young Criminal Justice Professionals (YCJP) will host the third annual Wrongful Conviction Awareness Day at Humber College.

Screening of ‘After Innocence’

Date: Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Time: 1 p.m.

Place:  Room A170

For further information please contact Joanna Amirault at:

University of Manitoba - Wrongful Conviction Day

Wrongful Conviction Day:

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Come join us for a free talk during Wrongful Conviction Week. The conviction of innocent people is a local, national and international human rights issue. Wrongful convictions are serious miscarriages of justice that call into question the integrity of our criminal justice systems. 

Frank and open discussions about the causes of wrongful convictions can lead to positive change. presents a conversation with Bruce MacFarlane and John Burchill on wrongful convictions and distorted decision making by prosecutors. Guests will be provided with an exclusive and limited copy of Bruce MacFarlane’s upcoming and groundbreaking publication in Criminal Law Quarterly.,h_265,al_c,usm_0.66_1.00_0.01/bab59a_7901f0dd477f42b396c9656d61f5dc90~mv2.png,h_265,al_c,usm_0.66_1.00_0.01/bab59a_7901f0dd477f42b396c9656d61f5dc90~mv2.png

Tuesday, October 4 at 12 PM

Moot Court Room

Robson Hall Faculty of Law, University of Manitoba

224 Dysart Rd. Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2 Canada
Ph: 204.474.6130 Fax: 204.474.7580

Bruce McFarlane