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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December 3, 2013
Police Chiefs Lead Effort to Prevent Wrongful Convictions By Altering Investigative Practices (General)
Authors:
Spencer S. Hsu
Citation (Popular Media):
Washington Post, December 2, 2013
Original URL:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/crime/police-chiefs-urge-changes-to-photo-lineups-other-tools-to-prevent-wrongful-convictions/2013/12/02/5d8e9af2-5b69-11e3-bf7e-f567ee61ae21_story.html
December 3, 2013
National Exoneration Registry Tracks Wrongfully Convicted Inmates (General)
Authors:
Casey Smith
Citation (Popular Media):
Tulsa World, December 2, 2013
Original URL:
http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/local/national-exoneration-registry-tracks-wrongfully-convicted-inmates/article_917ef72f-7d42-568d-8a1d-37bab990322c.html
December 3, 2013
How Two Teens May Have Been Wrongly Convicted For Crown Heights Murder (Police/Prosecutorial Misconduct)
Authors:
Rebecca Fishbein
Citation (Popular Media):
Gothamist, December 2, 2013
Original URL:
http://gothamist.com/2013/12/02/crown_heights_murder.php
November 25, 2013
When Lies Lead to Wrongful Convictions (False Confessions)
Authors:
Mario Koran
Citation (Popular Media):
Cap Times, November 24, 2013
Original URL:
http://host.madison.com/ct/news/local/crime_and_courts/when-lies-lead-to-wrongful-convictions/article_038434d8-548c-11e3-b64a-001a4bcf887a.html
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

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