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october 2, 2021
International 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 eighth annual day.

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No innocent person should ever spend a day in prison, and yet innocent people are wrongfully convicted and incarcerated, both in the United States and in countries all around the world, everyday. Some innocent people spend decades in prison, fighting for freedom; some are subjected to cruel and unusual punishment; and some are even sentenced to death.

The 68 organizations that make up the Innocence Network work to exonerate the innocent; support freed people once they are released; and advocate for policy change to prevent wrongful conviction in the first place—and they need your support. Find and connect with your local Network organization to donate, volunteer, and stay informed.

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Support the Justice for Exonerees Act

Since 1989, almost 3,000 wrongful convictions have been revealed across the nation with individuals collectively losing 25,000 years serving time for crimes they did not commit. Less than half of them have received compensation or restitution for time spent wrongfully incarcerated. This year, Congresswoman Maxine Waters introduced the Justice for Exonerees Act, which increases the annual amount of compensation for exonerees at the federal level & includes an inflator to ensure increases over time consistent with cost of living.

The Innocence Network applauds Congresswoman Waters and supports her legislation, while acknowledging there is no amount of restitution that can ever make up for the unique losses from wrongful conviction. This Wrongful Conviction Day, let's show our support for wrongfully convicted individuals and their families by calling upon Congress to improve our nation's federal compensation framework.

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