Voices of individuals who have endured a wrongful conviction.
Real Life Wrongs sheds light on the heart-wrenching stories of wrongful convictions by examining the systemic factors and human flaws that put innocent people behind bars.
Instructor of Legal Studies, Kelly Lauzon, and producer and freelance writer, Kelly Fanson, dive into the stories, the crimes, and the hard times of the controversial world of wrongful convictions.
I’m currently a PhD student in the department of Law and Legal Studies at Carleton University where I teach a fourth-year Honours seminar on wrongful convictions and another on criminal jury trials. I think it’s most important to have frank discussions about some of the shortcomings of the system to help prepare my students for the challenges they may face when they become part of the criminal justice system.
I'm a producer, writer, instructor, and business owner. Growing up, my mom often described me as "fair". Wrongful Convictions painstakingly remind me that life is not. As an average civilian, voter, taxpayer, friend, partner, and mother, I'm a fan of a just system. The best way I know how to make a difference is by understanding how the law works and also how it sometimes doesn't. It's a human system so like it or not, we're all a part if it.
Person with many degrees.
Person with a lot of opinions.
The sad reality is that wrongful convictions aren’t something that we talk about or hear about all that often, and like most people when I first heard about a wrongful conviction case, I was shocked.
I was confused. I was angry. I was incredulous, and my first thought was "this was a one-time thing". Little did I know that this one case would set me on a journey that has spanned twenty years (and counting).
I have been most fortunate through my studies and through my work to have met and befriended a number of wrongfully convicted individuals. I cannot say it enough...they are all inspirational and exceptional and each have taught me so much about the human condition.
Knowing what they have endured because of our mistakes only makes me want to do more, so here I am, working on a PhD to make a unique contribution to the field of wrongful convictions, while teaching a course to help our future justice workers become aware of some of the challenges they will face, and now co-hosting this podcast to spread the word beyond the world of academia.
I was in my teens when I heard about the Guy Paul Morin case. I'd never heard of a wrongful conviction before and I figured it was an anomaly. Over the years, and as more cases reached the media, it became clear to me that the justice system had its flaws.
The thought of years in prison can be horrifying but the idea of an innocent person behind bars wrenches my gut.
My emotions would get the better of me every time I heard another story of someone accused and convicted of a crime they didn't commit. It also occurred to me that I was hearing about more of them year after year.
I wanted to understand the injustices. I found information online, but soon started to make some calls. Each conversation led to the next, until one day in March, 2021, I was connected to Kelly Lauzon in the department of law and legal studies at Carleton University.
Kelly's expertise, but most of all her obsession with wrongful convictions got me thinking...we need to spread the word. Real Life Wrongs is how we do it.
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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 Project works to free the innocent, prevent wrongful convictions, and create fair, compassionate, and equitable systems of justice for everyone. Our work is guided by science and grounded in antiracism.
This Law Review is an academic journal dedicated to Wrongful Convictions, created by students and Faculty at the University of Ottawa