How You Can Get Involved
Simple Things You Can Do To Help Exonerate Innocent People and Prevent Wrongful Convictions
1. Learn about wrongful convictions
Read books, watch movies, and listen to podcasts that tell stories of wrongful convictions. See a full list of suggested media at https://innocencenetwork.org/wrongfulconvictionmedia/. Share this media with others, through a book club or movie night, and raise awareness in your community about wrongful convictions by facilitating discussions on these stories.
2. Advocate for legislative reforms nationwide
Sign up to be notified of actions to help win legislative reforms at https://www.innocenceproject.org/pledge/. The Innocence Project will reach out to you for help when there’s a campaign in your state.
3. Share innocence organizations’ content on social media
Share their posts and tweets and encourage others to support their policy campaigns and attend their events. You can also start a fundraiser for an innocence organization on your own Facebook page. Click “Fundraisers” in the left menu of your News Feed, click “Raise Money,” click “Nonprofit,” select the organization, choose a cover photo, fill in fundraiser details, and click “Create.”
4. Fundraise for innocence organizations
Visit https://innocencenetwork.org/members/ to find the organization nearest you. Most rely on donated funds to do their work. Ways you can fundraise on their behalf include working with a restaurant or bar to donate a portion of their proceeds when customers mention the cause, signing up for a walkathon or run and gathering pledges to donate through a crowdfunding platform, or hosting a house party to collect donations and screen wrongful conviction media.
5. Participate in Wrongful Conviction Day
Wrongful Conviction Day, October 2nd, is 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. Visit http://www.iwcd.org to learn how you can get involved.
Click here for a downloadable copy of how you can get involved. Interested in starting an innocence club at your school? Click here for our Starting an Innocence Club guide.