Today, October 2, 2018, marks the fifth annual Wrongful Conviction Day, 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.
Sixty-three percent of the 513 people exonerated by members of the Innocence Network are people of color. This Wrongful Conviction Day, the Innocence Network is aiming to raise awareness about the role racial bias plays in wrongful convictions.
To 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.
In honor of this year’s wrongful conviction day, seven NBA coaches came together to speak out about wrongful convictions. View their video below: