After watching the nine-episode series The Innocence Files on Netflix, you got to know the stories of Kennedy Brewer, Levon Brooks, Keith Harward, Chester Hollman, Kenney Wyniemko, Alfred Dewayne Brown, Franky Carrillo and Thomas Haynesworth, and the systemic flaws that caused their wrongful incarceration. We have a lot of work ahead to free the countless others who are still behind bars and to prevent future injustices — but we need your help. Here is a list of ways you can advocate for the most at-risk, educate yourself on the issues surrounding wrongful conviction and spread community awareness, all while socially distancing.
1. Throw a virtual watch party
You may not be able to host a typical viewing party right now, but you and your loved ones can still watch all of our recommended films, documentaries and mini-series together. These powerful and educational picks will keep you engaged for hours. Sign up for Netflix Party here and check out our complete list of recommended streaming content here.
2. Run a Facebook fundraiser
Host your own fundraiser for the Innocence Project, whether it is for a birthday, an anniversary or just because. Create one here.
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4. Read and learn
Check out our list of must-read books, articles and media to expand your knowledge about wrongful conviction. Dig into the list and share it with your friends here.
5. Take action in your state
Learn about our most pressing policy issues and cases. Add your name here to get notified when we need you to call local officials.
6. Get to know your local network organization
The Innocence Network is a group of independent organizations that exonerate and support the innocent, and redress the causes of wrongful conviction. Find your local organization here.
7. Spread the word
Share the stories of the people featured in The Innocence Files and encourage your friends to watch the series and learn more here.