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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March 26, 2014
Tulsa Woman Convicted of Murdering 15-Week-Old Son Could Be Released Based on DNA Evidence (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Patricia Santos
Citation (Popular Media):
KJRH.com, March 25, 2014
Original URL:
http://www.kjrh.com/news/local-news/tulsa-woman-convicted-of-murdering-15-week-old-son-could-be-released-based-on-dna-evidence
March 25, 2014
Wisconsin Assembly Approves More Compensation in Wrongful Conviction (General)
Authors:
Associated Press
Citation (Popular Media):
Daily Reporter, March 18, 2014
Original URL:
http://www.greenfieldreporter.com/view/story/6e5fbf64a501469aadd95707e29bee57/WI-XGR--Wrongfully-Convicted-Compensation
March 25, 2014
Lawyers and Judge Joust Over Defendant's Hair (Police/Prosecutorial Misconduct)
Authors:
Michael Gordon
Citation (Popular Media):
Charlotte Observer, March 24, 2014
Original URL:
http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2014/03/23/4788786/lawyers-and-judges-joust-over.html
March 25, 2014
Mississippi Supreme Court: Compensation Fund Covers Only Time Behind Bars, Not House Arrest (General)
Authors:
Jack Elliot Jr.
Citation (Popular Media):
Republic, March 24, 2014
Original URL:
http://www.therepublic.com/w/MS--Wrongful-Conviction-Compensation
March 25, 2014
Central Park Case Settlement Could Cost City Millions (General)
Authors:
Sean Gardiner
Citation (Popular Media):
Wall Street Journal, March 23, 2014
Original URL:
http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303802104579449441982258888?mg=reno64-wsj&url=http%3A%2F%2Fonline.wsj.com%2Farticle%2FSB10001424052702303802104579449441982258888.html
March 25, 2014
74-year-old Woman Freed After Serving 32 Years For Murder She Did Not Commit (General)
Authors:
Dylan Stableford
Citation (Popular Media):
Yahoo News, March 25, 2014
Original URL:
http://news.yahoo.com/74-year-old-wrongful-conviction-prison-release-151643006.html
March 13, 2014
Was the 'Wrongfully Convicted" Anthony Porter Rightfully Convicted in the First Place? (General)
Authors:
Dennis Byrne
Citation (Popular Media):
Chicagonow.com, March 12, 2014
Original URL:
http://www.chicagonow.com/dennis-byrnes-barbershop/2014/03/was-the-wrongfully-convicted-anthony-porter-rightfully-convicted-in-the-first-place/
March 13, 2014
Attorney For Wrongly Convicted Ryan Ferguson Files $100M Lawsuit (General)
Authors:
Crimesider Staff
Citation (Popular Media):
CBSnews Crimesider, March 11, 2014
Original URL:
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/attorney-for-wrongly-convicted-ryan-ferguson-files-100m-lawsuit/
March 13, 2014
Death Row Inmate, Wrongfully Convicted, Goes Free Almost 30 Years Later (General)
Authors:
Elizabeth Barber
Citation (Popular Media):
Christian Science Monitor, March 12, 2014
Original URL:
http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/USA-Update/2014/0312/Death-row-inmate-wrongfully-convicted-goes-free-almost-30-years-later-video
March 6, 2014
McCurtain Co. Mom Says Son Wrongly Convicted For Sex Crimes (General)
Authors:
Alex Besler
Citation (Popular Media):
kten.com, March 3, 2014
Original URL:
http://www.kten.com/story/24867170/mccurtain-co-mom-says-son-wrongly-convicted-for-sex-crimes

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