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What is Innocence Canada?

Innocence Canada, formally AIDWYC, defends wrongfully convicted people in Canada. Innocence Canada (formerly the Association in Defence of the Wrongly Convicted or AIDWYC) is a Canadian, non-profit organization that was founded in 1993 dedicated to the identification and defence of those wrongfully convicted of a criminal offence. As expressed on their website Innocence Canada’s mandate is to: “identify, advocate for, and exonerate individuals who have been convicted of a crime they did not commit and to prevent wrongful convictions through legal education and reform.” Innocence Canada has successfully assisted in the exoneration of 20 innocent individuals who had spent years in prison for crimes they did not commit. Currently Innocence Canada’s team of  pro-bono lawyers are reviewing approximately 100 claims of innocence. How are convictions overturned? When an innocent person is wrongly convicted of a criminal offence, their path to exoneration is not easy. There are…

15 Sep 2016

#wrongfullyconvictedwednesday Sherry Sherret...

14 Sep 2016

Sherry Sherret-Robinson was wrongfully convicted of killing her own child. On January 22, 1996, 20-year-old Sherry Sherret-Robinson found her four-month-old son, Joshua, lying facedown in his…

Is it a Crime to Carry a Concealed Weapon?

13 Sep 2016

Carrying a concealed weapon refers to the practice of carrying a handgun or other weapon in public in a concealed or hidden manner. The weapon can be hidden on one’s…

What are the Rights of Prisoners?

8 Sep 2016

Prisoners lose their liberty when incarcerated but they are still entitled to human rights. What are the Rights of Incarcerated People? On an average day, over…

#wrongfullyconvictedwednesdays Erin Walsh

7 Sep 2016

Erin Walsh was wrongfully convicted of murder. On October 17, 1975, Erin Walsh was convicted of the second-degree murder of CheChe Peters. Peters succumbed to a…

Is it a Crime to Sell Marijuana?

6 Sep 2016

  Selling weed is a criminal offence in Canada.   While the Liberals have promised to legalize marijuana in 2017, currently you can still be charged…

How Can I Appeal a Finding of Guilt For a...

1 Sep 2016

It is possible to appeal a finding of guilt at a higher court. In Canada, anyone found guilty of breaking the law may ask a higher…