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 9, 2014
Wrongly Convicted Man Free; In Prison 10 Years (General)
Authors:
Associated Press
Citation (Popular Media):
Newsday, December 9, 2014
Original URL:
http://www.newsday.com/news/region-state/wrongly-convicted-man-free-in-prison-10-years-1.9697328
December 9, 2014
Charges Formally Dismissed Against Wrongly Convicted Man (Eyewitness ID)
Authors:
Shannon Carney
Citation (Popular Media):
Fox8.com, December 9, 2014
Original URL:
http://fox8.com/2014/12/09/wrongly-convicted-man-to-have-charges-formally-dismissed/
December 9, 2014
With New Evidence, Man Convicted in 1976 Murders Gets Chance at Freedom (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Paul Woolverton
Citation (Popular Media):
fayobserver.com, December 5, 2014
Original URL:
http://www.fayobserver.com/news/local/convicted-murderer-granted-chance-to-win-freedom-after-years/article_e4f74f33-9960-589a-9383-d2b844d94eae.html
December 9, 2014
Man Gets Day in Court After Spending 26 Years in Prison for Wrongful Conviction in Rape Case (Eyewitness ID)
Citation (Popular Media):
wxyz.com, December 5, 2014
Original URL:
http://www.wxyz.com/news/man-gets-day-in-court-after-spending-26-years-in-prison-for-wrongful-conviction-in-rape-case
December 9, 2014
MIchigan Legislature Weighs 2 Bills to Aid Wrongly Convicted Felons (General)
Authors:
Sandra Svoboda
Citation (Popular Media):
Mlive.com, December 4, 2014
Original URL:
http://www.mlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2014/12/legislature_weighs_2_bills_to.html
December 9, 2014
'Justice This Time:' McRae Awaits Verdict in Wrongful Conviction Hearing (General)
Authors:
William R. Toler
Citation (Popular Media):
yourdailyjournal.com, December 3, 2014
Original URL:
http://yourdailyjournal.com/news/home_top-localnews1/150762937/JUSTICE-THIS-TIME
December 3, 2014
Day 2 of Wrongful Conviction Hearing Sees Former Police Chief, DA on Stand (General)
Authors:
William R. Toler
Citation (Popular Media):
yourdailyjournal.com, December 2, 2014
Original URL:
http://www.yourdailyjournal.com/news/home_top-localnews1-localnews5/150747600/Day-2-of-hearing-sees-former-police-chief-DA-on-stand
December 3, 2014
Wrongly-Convicted Man Freed After Record 36 Years in Prison (Police/Prosecutorial Misconduct)
Authors:
Ken Broder
Citation (Popular Media):
Allgov.com, November 26, 2014
Original URL:
http://www.allgov.com/usa/ca/news/unusual-news/wrongly-convicted-man-freed-after-record-36-years-in-prison-141126?news=854927
December 3, 2014
Lawsuit Settlement Funding Reports $9 Million Settlement For Wrongful Convictions After Two Innocent Men Spent 16 Years Behind Bars (Police/Prosecutorial Misconduct)
Citation (Popular Media):
Digital Journal, November 26, 2014
Original URL:
http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/2361332
December 3, 2014
City, State Settle Suit Over Wrongful Conviction (General)
Authors:
Mark Hamblett
Citation (Popular Media):
New York Law Journal, November 26, 2014
Original URL:
http://www.newyorklawjournal.com/home/id=1202677475311/City-State-Settle-Suit-Over-Wrongful-Conviction?mcode=1202617075062&curindex=0&slreturn=20141103204822

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