Actual Innocence Awareness Database Archive

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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November 22, 2013
Alabama Pardons Scottsboro Boys, Wrongly Convicted in 1930s (Police/Prosecutorial Misconduct)
Authors:
Phillip Rawls
Citation (Popular Media):
Cjonline.com, November 21, 2013
Original URL:
http://cjonline.com/news/2013-11-21/alabama-pardons-scottsboro-boys-wrongly-convicted-1930s
November 20, 2013
Arizona man Ordered Freed in Son's 2004 Death (Police/Prosecutorial Misconduct)
Authors:
Brian Skoloff
Citation (Popular Media):
Houston Chronicle, November 20, 2013
Original URL:
http://www.chron.com/default/article/Arizona-man-ordered-freed-in-son-s-2004-death-4996767.php
November 20, 2013
Measures on Full-Day Kindergarten, Restitution For Those Wrongly Convicted Advance in N.J. Senate (General)
Authors:
Michael Linhorst
Citation (Popular Media):
NorthJersey.com, November 18, 2013
Original URL:
http://www.northjersey.com/news/politics/Measures_on_full-day_kindergarten_restitution_for_those_wrongly_convicted_advance_in_NJ_Senate.html
November 19, 2013
Cuccinelli to Ask Appeals Court to Clear Montgomery in Wrongful Conviction Case (General)
Authors:
Frank Green
Citation (Popular Media):
Times Dispatch, November 19, 2013
Original URL:
http://www.timesdispatch.com/news/state-regional/cuccinelli-to-ask-appeals-court-to-clear-montgomery-in-wrongful/article_929a3334-0758-5691-b007-cb2b97c8c412.html
November 18, 2013
Breaking: With Today's Release of the San Antonio Four, Texas Now On the Cutting Edge of Efforts to Free the Innocent (General)
Authors:
Mark Godsey
Citation (Popular Media):
Huffington Post, November 18, 2013
Original URL:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mark-godsey/with-todays-release-of-th_b_4296813.html
November 16, 2013
The Narrative of Innocence, or, Lost Stories (General)
Authors:
Ralph Grunewald
Citation (Journal Articles):
25 Law and Literature 366
Original URL:
http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1525/lal.2013.25.3.366
November 14, 2013
Wrongly Convicted Reentry Act Would Fulfill Societal Obligation to Wrongly Imprisoned Citizens (General)
Authors:
Aaron Loudenslager
Citation (Popular Media):
Badger Herald, November 12, 2013
Original URL:
http://badgerherald.com/oped/2013/11/12/wrongly-convicted-reentry-act-fulfill-societal-obligation-wrongly-imprisoned-citizens/
November 14, 2013
Analysis: Wrongful Convictions Sharpen Focus on Death Penalty (General)
Authors:
Maggie Clark
Citation (Popular Media):
USA Today, November 13, 2013
Original URL:
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/11/13/stateline-death-penalty/3515071/
November 14, 2013
Brooklyn DA Must Release Files in Tainted Cop Cases, Judge Rules (Police/Prosecutorial Misconduct)
Authors:
Oren Yaniv
Citation (Popular Media):
N.Y. Daily News, November 14, 2013
Original URL:
http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/brooklyn-da-release-files-tainted-cases-judge-rules-article-1.1516377
November 11, 2013
Wrongly Convicted Man Released After 34 Years (Eyewitness ID)
Authors:
Amy Powell and Jovana Lara
Citation (Popular Media):
ABC Los Angeles, November 8, 2013
Original URL:
http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/story?section=news/local/los_angeles&id=9319203

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