Actual Innocence Awareness Database


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The Actual Innocence awareness database lists selected United States resources pertaining to wrongful convictions, selected from the popular media (such as newspaper articles and segments which aired on television news magazines), journal articles, books, reports, legislation and websites. The selected materials are classified into subtopics considered the primary causes of wrongful conviction: forensics/DNA; eyewitness identification; false confessions; jailhouse informants; police and/or prosecutorial misconduct; and ineffective representation. There is also a "general" topic for those materials which cover multiple subtopics or defy further categorization.

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New resources will be posted as they become available, and will be displayed on the website home page for two weeks; resources will then be classified and available by subtopic. URLs for popular media items (to the extent they are available) will drop off after two weeks in an effort to avoid broken links.

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Prisoner Exonerations Are At An All-Time High, And It's Not Because of DNA Testing (General)
Authors:
Kevin Davis
Citation (Popular Media):
ABA Journal, September 1, 2014
US Man Gets $10m For Wrongful Conviction (Police/Prosecutorial Misconduct)
Citation (Popular Media):
The Nation, August 26, 2014
Man Freed From Prison After 24-year-old Arson Conviction Overturned in Daughter's Death (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Mark Scolforo
Citation (Popular Media):
Star Tribune, August 22, 2014
Judge Overturns Arson/Murder Conviction of Man Jailed 24 Years (General)
Citation (Popular Media):
Thetimes-tribune.com, August 13, 2014
Chillicothe Man Sues Over Wrongful Conviction (General)
Authors:
ALan Scher Zageir
Citation (Popular Media):
BND.com, August 12, 2014
Woodworth Files Wrongful Convictions Lawsuit (Police/Prosecutorial Misconduct)
Authors:
Jessica Shumaker
Citation (Popular Media):
News-Press Now, August 12, 2014
Hearing is Set on Voiding Conviction in Murder of Utah Tourist (False Confessions)
Authors:
james C. McKinley, Jr.
Citation (Popular Media):
Hearing for Johnny Hincapie on Vacating Guilty Verdict in Brian Watkin's Murder
New Appeal Filed in Charlotte Wrongful Conviction Case (General)
Authors:
Michael Gordon
Citation (Popular Media):
Charlotte Observer, August 8, 2014
Wrongfully Convicted NYC Man Settles Suit for $10M (General)
Authors:
Associated Press
Citation (Popular Media):
ABC News, August 19, 2014
Michigan Innocence Clinic Files Appeal for Man Convicted of Murder (General)
Authors:
Sam Herald
Citation (Popular Media):
WKZO.com, August 19, 2014
DNA Test May Bring New Trial For Man Serving Life For Rape, Murder (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Lisa Riordan Seville
Citation (Popular Media):
NBCnews.com, August 19, 2014
Orleans DA Leon Cannizzaro Announces New United to Ensure Fair Convictions (General)
Authors:
Naomi Martin
Citation (Popular Media):
Nola.com, August 19, 2014
Convicted Murderer's Attorney Claims Wrongful Conviction (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Cara Thomas
Citation (Popular Media):
Binghamton.twcnews.com, August 19, 2014