Wrongful Conviction Day is October 2
Join us on campus Wednesday, October 2 – and NOW on social media – to raise awareness of the causes of wrongful conviction and to recognize the tremendous personal, social and legal consequences associated with wrongful criminal convictions.
Round-Table with Exoneree Angel Gonzalez
Wednesday, Oct. 2, 12:00-1:00 pm at the UIS Student Union
Angel spent 21 years wrongfully incarcerated for a sexual assault he did not commit. DNA proved his innocence and he was released in 2015.
Exoneree Flag Display
All day Wednesday, Oct. 2, on the Quad (between Colonnade and Student Union)
This year’s flag display will represent 2,492 innocent men and women who were convicted of crimes they did not commit and have been exonerated since 1989. “UIS blue” flags in the display represent 304 Illinois exonerees. Collectively, these exonerees lost 22,010 years of their lives, according to the National Registry of Exonerations. Illinois exonerees lost a total of 2,802 years.
Speak Out on Social Media
Start supporting Wrongful Conviction Day today!
- Add a Wrongful Conviction Day filter to your social media profile
- Write a letter on behalf of a wrongfully convicted person
- Use our photos and graphics to spread the message
- Add your name to our petition asking that expert training on psychological factors that can lead to wrongful convictions (such as cognitive bias) be made available to police, prosecutors, defense attorneys and other major players in the criminal justice system.
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The Illinois Innocence Project provides legal services at no cost to the wrongfully convicted. On average, it takes 8-10 years and over $300,000 to free one innocent person from prison. It also requires a skilled team of litigators and investigators supported by UIS students, volunteers and staff.
Your financial support matters. Your donations directly impact our ability to correct miscarriages of justice, educate the public about wrongful convictions and reform our state’s criminal justice system. Please consider making a donation today to support our work (enter “IIP” into the Fund Name field).