SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Illinois Innocence Project (IIP) in Springfield used International Wrongful Conviction Day on Oct. 2 as an opportunity to raise awareness around and honor the number of wrongful conviction cases in the U.S. The event took place on the University of Illinois Springfield (UIS) campus with 2,096 flags raised to represent each person wrongfully convicted.
International Wrongful Conviction Day was created in 2014 to raise awareness of the causes and remedies of wrongful conviction and to recognize personal, social and emotional costs of wrongful conviction for innocent people and their families, according to the International Wrongful Conviction Day website.
The special day began as a result of the efforts of the Innocence Network — an affiliation of organizations dedicated to providing pro bono legal and investigative services to individuals wrongfully convicted. IIP is one of many members of the Innocence network, and is based on