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Wrongful Conviction Day is on October 2! In celebration, we will host events to highlight wrongful conviction reform issues and provide calls to action that ask you to fight for justice and accountability.

Follow the hashtag #WrongfulConvictionDayMT for more information and updates. We hope to see you on October 2!

Wrongful Conviction Day Events

Letter Writing Party Sponsored By Bridge Pizza and The Source Health Club

When: October 2 from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Where: The Source Health Club in the group fitness room on the 2nd floor

MTIP is hosting a Wrongful Conviction Day Letter Writing Party on October 2 from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. at The Source Health Club. We will be joined by MTIP Executive Director, Amy Sings In The Timber, and MTIP Legal Director, Caiti Carpenter, for a guided discussion about exoneration compensation and the commutation of Katie Garding. Write your letter about one of those issues, or choose your own topic! We will provide facts and statistics to fill your letters with! Bridge Pizza will provide lunch, and we will have MTIP stationary for you to write your criminal justice-inspired masterpieces on. Just bring yourself and a passion for demanding action!

Walk Out for Justice with Montana Innocence Project and Welcome Back

When: October 2 at 5:30 

Where: From the Alexander Blewett III School of Law at the University of Montana to the Missoula County Courthouse

MTIP is collaborating with Welcome Back to execute a socially distant Walk Out for Justice on Wrongful Conviction Day. Wear all of your favorite social justice gear (Don’t forget your mask!), and bring a protest sign about wrongful convictions or criminal justice reform. Meet us at the Alexander Blewett III School of Law at the University of Montana at 5:30 p.m. on October 2, and walk with us in solidarity to the Missoula County Courthouse. 

If you don’t already have a protest outfit in mind, enter our online giveaway for MTIP swag: go to our Instagram (@BigSkyInnocence), find the post about this event, and comment your best protest sign and/or protest chant idea. We will pick the winners on September 28! 

Fireside Chat with Barry Beach 

When: October 2 at 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. 

Where: TBD

Join MTIP for a fireside chat on Wrongful Conviction Day from 7-8:30 p.m. We will discuss coerced confessions and the Central Park five case. Our meeting will include a Q&A with special guest Barry Beach who will share his own experience with a coerced confession. Refreshments provided.

You do not have to prepare for this event; we promise there won’t be a pop quiz! But if you have time to research the case of the Central Park Five before attending, here are some ways to learn about the story:  

  1. Read “The Central Park Five: The Untold Story Behind One of New York City’s Most Infamous Crimes” by Sarah Burns.
  2. Watch “When They See Us” on Netflix.
  3. Listen to the “Not Guilty” podcast series on the case.

Wrongful Conviction Day Calls to Action

1. CLICK HERE to pledge to demand police accountability.

2. CLICK HERE the link to take the Wrongful Conviction Day quiz:

3. Fill out this form to donate in support of MTIP’s efforts to exonerate the innocent and prevent wrongful convictions:

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