Wrongful Convictions and Systemic Racism: A Resource Guide

Wrongful convictions are failures of the justice system, and result in the wrongfully convicted being deprived of their rights and freedoms, as well as carrying the “stain” of being labeled a “criminal” which can have long term effects in terms of work, childcare and traveling. A wrongful conviction is a form of injustice with powerful and lasting impacts on individuals, families, and communities. Systemic discrimination and racism play a significant role in wrongful convictions, with a higher proportion of racialized persons seeing their convictions overturned upon appeal.

This resource guide, created in collaboration with the Faculty of Law, University of Manitoba and the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, contains links to resources related to wrongful convictions and the impact of systemic racism and discrimination on the justice systems in settler colonial contexts such as Canada, the United States, and other countries around the world.