Second Annual Wrongful Conviction Day
OCTOBER 2, 2015
If I have learned anything through this battle it is that justice in the courts is not something guaranteed, it is something that must be fought for and won. – Joyce Milgaard
On October 2, innocence groups and other organizations from around the world will undertake activities to raise awareness about wrongful convictions worldwide. Click here to download an invitation to AIDWYC’s Wrongful Conviction Day events or visit the AIDWYC Events Page to see how we and others are recognizing this important day.
Wrongful Conviction Day was launched internationally by the Association in Defence of the Wrongly Convicted (AIDWYC) on October 2, 2014. During its inaugural year organizations, schools, businesses and individuals representing eight countries were involved in raising awareness concerning wrongful convictions. Click here to read a letter from AIDWYC Co-President and Exoneree Ron Dalton regarding the success of the first Wrongful Conviction Day.
In 2014 the city of Toronto proclaimed October 2, as Wrongful Conviction Day. This year, Toronto has already been joined by 15 other Canadian cities proclaiming October 2 as Wrongful Conviction Day.
What: This campaign is to encourage organizations and the public at large which includes churches, representatives of all levels of government and educational institutes to set aside one-day to focus on and discuss the causes and remedies concerning wrongful convictions, which is an issue that effects and devastates individuals and societies worldwide.
How: Awareness can be raised in any number of ways, including through media releases, book signings, magazines, opinion pieces for daily newspapers, interviews (phone-in talk shows both radio and TV, radio and TV talk shows), educational forums, exoneree presentations, church services, vigils, film festivals, You Tube Videos, make a movie, and involvement in commemoration services, social media outlets e.g. Blogs, Facebook, Websites, Twitter, Instagram (the sky’s the limit).
Why: 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 legitimacy and integrity of our criminal justice systems. We believe that frank and open discussions about the causes of wrongful convictions will lead to positive change in our criminal justice systems and help reduce future wrongful convictions.
Who: Innocence Groups headquartered around the world are committed to identifying, advocating for, and helping in the exoneration of individuals who have been convicted of a serious crime, which they did not commit, and to preventing future wrongful convictions through awareness, education and justice system reform.
The conviction of innocent people is an international human rights issue. Wrongful conviction devastates individuals, families, communities, and societies. On Oct. 2, AIDWYC 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 & AIDWYC Co-President
The Association in Defence of the Wrongly Convicted (AIDWYC) since its inception in 1993 has helped in the exoneration of 20 Canadians. It is important to note that there are far too many other Canadians who have been wrongly convicted and only a small number have been exonerated.
AIDWYC has 100 cases that are currently in varying stages of review. It has been estimated that AIDWYC’s volunteer case reviewers contribute approximately $3, 500,000 in pro bono work to the review of cases
In the United States alone there were 125 recorded exonerations in 2014. Since 1992 there have been 1623 recorded exonerations in the United States. Already in 2015 there have been 52 recorded exonerations in the United States.
For more information and interview requests for exonerees and AIDWYC representatives including Co-President Ron Dalton, Co-President Russell Silverstein and AIDWYC Lead Counsel James Lockyer please contact:
Win Wahrer – Director of Client Services
Toll free: 1-800-249-1329 x 227
In Toronto: 416-504-7500 x 227
Learn More about AIDWYC:
- Address: 111 Peter Street, Suite 408, Toronto, Ontario, M5V 2H1
- Website: www.aidwyc.org
- Conviction, the AIDWYC Blog: www.aidwyc.org/blog
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/aidwyc
- Twitter: @AIDWYC
- Instagram: @AIDWYC
- Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TGD2PA2HLLQ
Please also visit the official Wrongful Conviction Day website at www.wrongfulconvictionday.com and if you’re in Toronto on October 2, please join us at the Law Society of Upper Canada: