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 4, 2013
Wrongful Murder Conviction Triggers Feud In Culpeper (General)
Authors:
Frank Green
Citation (Popular Media):
Times Dispatch, November 4, 2013
Original URL:
http://www.timesdispatch.com/news/state-regional/wrongful-murder-conviction-causes-bitter-feud-in-culpeper/article_d164c383-4a60-598e-962c-3bac7d8d1c5a.html
October 31, 2013
Prosecutor's Decision to Drop Murder Charge Makes Former Mo. Death Row Inmate a Free Man (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
BIll Draper
Citation (Popular Media):
Republic, October 30, 2013
Original URL:
http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/788fb96bf0834c798124d7a99fbb49a1/US-Conviction-Overturned-Exoneration
October 28, 2013
Judge Overturns 1995 Bernards Murder Conviction; Accused Will Walk on $5K Bail (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Sergio Bichao
Citation (Popular Media):
MyCentralJersey.com, October 28, 2013
Original URL:
http://www.mycentraljersey.com/article/20131028/NJNEWS14/310280028/Judge-overturns-1995-Bernards-murder-conviction-accused-will-walk-on-5K-bail?nclick_check=1
October 28, 2013
For Both Sides, Time Takes a Heavy Toll On Evidence (General)
Authors:
Brandi Grissom
Citation (Popular Media):
N.Y. Times, October 26, 2013
Original URL:
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/27/us/for-both-sides-time-takes-a-heavy-toll-on-evidence.html?src=twr&_r=0
October 28, 2013
Baltimore Police Take Steps to Avoid Wrongful Convictions (General)
Authors:
John K. Ross
Citation (Popular Media):
Reason.com, October 27, 2013
Original URL:
http://reason.com/blog/2013/10/27/baltimore-police-take-steps-to-avoid-wro
October 28, 2013
New Law Helps Reward the Wrongly Convicted (General)
Authors:
Kristina Davis
Citation (Popular Media):
U-T San Diego, October 26, 2013
Original URL:
http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/oct/26/new-law-wrongly-convicted-california-innocence/
October 25, 2013
New Jersey Prosecutor Overturns 1994 Murder Conviction (Forensics/DNA)
Citation (Popular Media):
Innocence Project, October 24, 2013
Original URL:
http://www.innocenceproject.org/Content/New_Jersey_Prosecutor_Overturns_1994_Murder_Conviction.php
October 24, 2013
Local Nonprofit Looks to Overturn Wrongful Convictions (General)
Authors:
Katheryn Houghton
Citation (Popular Media):
Montana Kaimin, October 23, 2013
Original URL:
http://www.montanakaimin.com/news/article_3558b410-3c6e-11e3-97ad-001a4bcf6878.html
October 23, 2013
The San Antonio Four Hope for Prison Release; Writs Filed Tuesday (General)
Authors:
Karen Grace
Citation (Popular Media):
KENS5.com, October 22, 2013
Original URL:
http://www.kens5.com/news/local/The-San-Antonio-Four-hope-for-prison-release-Writs-filed-Tuesday-228866071.html
October 20, 2013
Gov Should Pardon Wrongfully Jailed Man (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Kati Shephard
Citation (Popular Media):
Chicago Sun-TImes, October 19, 2013
Original URL:
http://www.suntimes.com/news/otherviews/23206876-452/gov-should-pardon-wrongfully-jailed-man.html

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