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.
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