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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February 12, 2015
Dutchess County to Pay Brooklyn Native $7.5 Million For Wrongful Murder Conviction (General)
Authors:
Joseph Berger
Citation (Popular Media):
N.Y. Times, February 11, 2015
Original URL:
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/12/nyregion/dewey-bozella-wrongful-conviction-settlement.html?_r=0
February 12, 2015
Springfield Group Earns Freedom for Wrongly Convicted Man (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Patrick Yeagle
Citation (Popular Media):
Illinois Times, February 11, 2015
Original URL:
http://illinoistimes.com/article-15091-springfield-group-earns-freedom-for-wrongly-convicted-man.html
February 12, 2015
Richland County Man Convicted in Cab Driver's '61 Slaying to Get a New Trial (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
John Monk
Citation (Popular Media):
The State, February 11, 2015
Original URL:
http://www.thestate.com/2015/02/11/3982977/richland-county-man-convicted.html
February 12, 2015
State Turns Its Back on Three Innocents Who Wrongfully Spent Years in Prison (General)
Citation (Popular Media):
Buffalo News, February 12, 2015
Original URL:
http://www.buffalonews.com/opinion/buffalo-news-editorials/state-turns-its-back-on-three-innocents-who-wrongfully-spent-years-in-prison-20150212
February 12, 2015
Adnan Syed Granted Appeal Marking Huge Break in 'Serial' Case (Ineffective Representation)
Authors:
Michele Zipp
Citation (Popular Media):
The Stir, February 8, 2015
Original URL:
http://thestir.cafemom.com/crime/182431/adnan_syed_granted_appeal_marking
February 12, 2015
Bill to Compensate Wrongly Convicted Felons Withdrawn (General)
Authors:
Associated Press
Citation (Popular Media):
klur8.com, February 7, 2015
Original URL:
http://www.kulr8.com/story/28051039/bill-to-compensate-wrongly-convicted-felons-withdrawn
February 12, 2015
Indiana Mom Wrongly Convicted in Son's Death Says Evidence Was Fabricated, Sues US Govenment (General)
Authors:
Associated Press
Citation (Popular Media):
Daily Reporter, February 9, 2015
Original URL:
http://www.greenfieldreporter.com/view/story/405acb74cfce46fdbfc1479a2c89426e/IN--Arson-Death-Lawsuit
February 12, 2015
Convict Seeking to be Cleared in Deadly '87 Robbery Has Support From Ex-DA Wakins (General)
Authors:
Jennifer Emily
Citation (Popular Media):
Dallas Morning News, February 8, 2015
Original URL:
http://www.dallasnews.com/news/crime/headlines/20150208-man-convicted-in-1987-fatal-dallas-robbery-seeks-pardon.ece
February 5, 2015
Re-Trial Starting for Man Convicted in '82 Murder (General)
Authors:
Perry Russom & Kelly Sullivan
Citation (Popular Media):
wpri.com, February 5, 2015
Original URL:
http://wpri.com/2015/02/05/re-trial-starting-for-man-convicted-in-82-murder/
February 4, 2015
Death Row Inmate Jermain Wright Released After 23 Years (General)
Citation (Popular Media):
Inquisitr, February 2, 2015
Original URL:
http://www.inquisitr.com/1809103/death-row-inmate-jermaine-wright-released-after-23-years/

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