OCTOBER 2, 2016 will be the Third Annual Wrongful Conviction Day
Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
-Martin Luther King Jr.
Innocence Canada (AIDWYC), has helped in the exoneration of 21 Canadians since its inception in 1993. These innocent individuals combined spent in excess of 190 years in prison. However there are far too many more Canadians who have been wrongly convicted who remain incarcerated.
Innocence Canada has approximately 90 cases that are currently under review. It has been estimated that Innocence Canada volunteer case reviewers contribute approximately $3, 500,000 in pro bono work to the review of these cases.
In the United States alone there were 149 recorded exonerations in 2015 representing 29 states, the District of Columbia, federal courts and Guam. The 149 exonerees served on average over 14 years in prison prior to their release. Since 1989 there have been 1,733 recorded exonerations in the United States. On an average there are nearly 3 exonerations a week.
Wrongful Conviction Day was launched internationally on October 2, 2014.
During its inaugural year organizations, schools, businesses and individuals representing eight countries were involved in raising awareness concerning wrongful convictions. In 2014 the city of Toronto proclaimed October 2, as Wrongful Conviction Day. In 2015, 24 cities across Canada and the State of Michigan signed proclamations declaring October 2nd as Wrongful Conviction Day and 15 countries were represented. This year we are expanding our efforts worldwide. A number of cities across Canada will be illuminating landmark buildings, stadiums or bridges in their cities to acknowledge and honour the wrongly convicted.
What: This campaign is to encourage organizations and the public at large which includes faith communities, representatives of all levels of [...]