BY: The Exoneration Project

Wrongful Conviction Day 2021: Media List

October 2nd marks the 8th annual International Wrongful Conviction Day, a day dedicated to raising awareness surrounding wrongful convictions and discussing both causes and potential remedies. As prisons still combat COVID this year, incarcerated people across the country have experienced isolation more heavily than any of us.

Continue the fight with us and do your part to learn more about wrongful convictions. Compiled below is a list of  our recommendations for this Wrongful Conviction Day. Let us know what you’re reading/listening to/watching on social media and tag us at @exonerationlaw to add more suggestions to our list. Featured graphic by Teddy Gonzales. 



  • From the Desk of Zoe Washington by Janae Marks (family friendly) 
  • Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
  • Picking Cotton by Jennifer Thompson-Cannino
  • It Happened to Audrey by Audrey Ann Edmunds and Jill Wellington
  • Anatomy of Innocence: Testimonies of the Wrongfully Convicted (compiled stories)
  • Exoneree Diaries by Alison Flowers
  • Redeeming Justice by Jarrett Adams
  • Pruno, Ramen, and a Side of Hope (compiled stories)
  • In Spite of the System by Gary Gauger and Julie Von Bergen
  • The Innocent Man by John Grisham
  • The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
  • An American Marriage by  Tayari Jones
  • If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin



  • Bloodsworth: An Innocent Man (2015)
  • Central Park Five (2012, Ken Burns documentary)
  • Thin Blue Line (1988)
  • Fear of 13 (2015)
  • Amanda Knox (2016)
  • Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four (2016) 
  • Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills (1996)
  • If Beale Street Could Talk (2018)
  • Brian Banks (2018)
  • 13th (2016)
  • Long Shot (2017)
  • Just Mercy (2019)
  • Dream/Killer (2015)
  • The Hurricane (1999)
  • Queen & Slim (2019)
  • The Green Mile (1999)
  • Shawshank Redemption (1994)




  • The Innocent Man (Netflix) 
  • The Confession Tapes (Netflix) 
  • When They See Us (Netflix) 
  • The Last Defense (ABC)
  • Trial 4 (Netflix) 
  • The Innocence Files (Netflix) 
  • Making a Murderer (Netflix) 




  • On Our Watch – NPR
  • More Perfect – RadioLab: “Cruel and Unusual”
  • In the Dark: Season 2
  • Wrongful Conviction
  • Throughline
  • Suspect Convictions
  • Serial