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 25, 2014
Man Wrongfully Imprisoned for 39 Years Thanks UC Program (Eyewitness ID)
Authors:
Nick Swartsell
Citation (Popular Media):
Citybeat.com, November 25, 2014
Original URL:
http://citybeat.com/cincinnati/blog-6116-man_wrongfully_impri.html
November 25, 2014
Michael Hanline, Wrongly Convicted in 1978 Killing, Freed (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Amanda Covarrubias
Citation (Popular Media):
L.A. Times, November 24, 2014
Original URL:
http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-wrongfully-convicted-20141125-story.html
November 25, 2014
Wrongly Convicted Murderer Who Spent 20 Years in Prison Receives $3.6 Million From New York in 'Fastest Resolution of its Kind in History' (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Associated Press and Alexnadra Klausner
Citation (Popular Media):
Mail Online, November 23, 2014
Original URL:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2845793/Wrongly-convicted-murderer-spent-20-years-prison-receives-3-6-million-New-York-fastest-resolution-kind-history.html
November 25, 2014
Prosecutors: Man Wrongly Convicted of 1978 Slaying (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Associated Press
Citation (Popular Media):
CBS Los Angeles, November 19, 2014
Original URL:
http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2014/11/19/prosecutors-man-wrongly-convicted-of-1978-slaying/
November 25, 2014
Two Ohio Men Freed 39 Years After Wrongful Conviction. What Changed? (Eyewitness ID)
Authors:
Jacob Axelrad
Citation (Popular Media):
Christian Science Monitor, November 21, 2014
Original URL:
http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/USA-Update/2014/1121/Two-Ohio-men-freed-39-years-after-wrongful-conviction.-What-changed-video
November 25, 2014
Former Elkhart Man's Wrongful Impresionment Triggers $4.9 Million Payout, A Fight Among Insurance Companies (Police/Prosecutorial Misconduct)
Authors:
Jeff Parrott
Citation (Popular Media):
The Elkhart Truth, November 25, 2014
Original URL:
http://www.elkharttruth.com/news/crime-fire-courts/2014/11/19/Former-Elkhart-man-s-wrongful-imprisonment-triggers-4-9-million-payout-a-fight-among-insurance-companies.html
November 25, 2014
Wrongly Convicted: Man in Prison 39 Years About to Get out After Confession (Eyewitness ID)
Authors:
Melissa Reid
Citation (Popular Media):
fox8.com, November 19, 2014
Original URL:
http://fox8.com/2014/11/19/wrongly-convicted-man-in-prison-39-years-about-to-get-out-after-confession/
November 21, 2014
Ricky Jackson Leaves Prison: "The English Language Doesn't Have the Words to Express How I'm Feeling Right Now." (General)
Authors:
John Caniglia
Citation (Popular Media):
Cleveland.com, November 21, 2014
Original URL:
http://www.cleveland.com/court-justice/index.ssf/2014/11/ricky_jackson_leaves_a_life_be.html#incart_m-rpt-1
November 18, 2014
Lawyer: 2 Men Wrongfully Convicted Settle Lawsuit for $9M (General)
Authors:
Associated Press
Citation (Popular Media):
The Republic, November 14, 2014
Original URL:
http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/6912a2a80f254c2da204a9453f60c49e/NY--Convictions-Overturned
November 18, 2014
DA Planning to Overturn Another of Scarcella's Murder Convictions (Police/Prosecutorial Misconduct)
Authors:
Josh Saul
Citation (Popular Media):
New York Post, November 15, 2014
Original URL:
http://nypost.com/2014/11/15/da-planning-to-overturn-another-of-scarcellas-murder-convictions/

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