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.

Article titles link to images of each article's first page, when available. The Library provides this service under the "fair use" provision of U.S. copyright law. Only the first page of an article will be scanned, and images will be deleted after two weeks. This service is for non-commercial, educational purposes only.

June 29, 2007
Capital Attrition: Error Rates in Capital Cases, 1973-1995 (General)
Authors:
Liebman, James S., Fagan, Jeffrey, West, Valerie, and Lloyd, Jonathan
Citation (Journal Articles):
78 Tex. L. Rev. 1839 (2000).
June 29, 2007
Punishing the Factually Innocent: DNA, Habeas Corpus and Justice (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Lugosi, Charles I.
Citation (Journal Articles):
12 Geo. Mason U. Civ. Rts. L.J. 233 (2002).
June 29, 2007
The Role of the Social Sciences in Preventing Wrongful Convictions (General)
Authors:
McMurtrie, Jacqueline
Citation (Journal Articles):
42 Am. Crim. L. Rev. 1271 (2005).
June 29, 2007
Actual Innocents: Considerations in Selecting Cases for a New Innocence Project (General)
Authors:
Medwed, Daniel S.
Citation (Journal Articles):
81 Neb. L. Rev. 1097 (2002-2003).
June 29, 2007
Up the River Without A Procedure: Innocent Prisoners and Newly Discovered Non-DNA Evidence in State Courts (General)
Authors:
Medwed, Daniel S.
Citation (Journal Articles):
47 Ariz. L. Rev. 655 (2005).
June 29, 2007
Note, Assessing the Risk of Executing the Innocent: A Case for Allowing Access to Physical Evidence for Posthumous DNA Testing (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Moyes, Anne-Marie
Citation (Journal Articles):
55 Vand. L. Rev. 953 (2002).
June 29, 2007
The Time Has Come for Law Enforcement Recordings of Custodial Interviews, Start to Finish (General)
Authors:
Sullivan, Thomas P.
Citation (Journal Articles):
37 Golden Gate U. L. Rev. 171 (2006).
June 29, 2007
Lying to Ourselves (Police/Prosecutorial Misconduct)
Authors:
Paris, Margaret L.
Citation (Journal Articles):
76 Or. L. Rev. 817 (1997).
June 29, 2007
Anatomy of a Miscarriage of Justice: The Wrongful Conviction of Peter J. Rose (General)
Authors:
Rutberg, Susan
Citation (Journal Articles):
37 Golden Gate U. L. Rev. 7 (2006).
June 29, 2007
Comment, Proven Guilty: An Examination of the Penalty-Free World of Post-Conviction DNA Testing (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Carroll, Gwendolyn
Citation (Journal Articles):
J. Crim. L. and Criminology 665 (2007).

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