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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June 5, 2007
Inmate Freed By DNA Can't Shake State's Grip (General)
Authors:
Burke, Sheila
Citation (Popular Media):
Tennessean.com, June 2, 2007.
Original URL:
http://www.tennessean.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070602/NEWS03/706020358
June 4, 2007
For Dallas, New Prosecutor Means An End to the Old Ways (General)
Authors:
Blumenthal, Ralph
Citation (Popular Media):
N.Y. Times, June 3, 2007.
Original URL:
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/06/03/us/03dallas.html
June 4, 2007
Op-Ed, Public Detectives (General)
Authors:
Christianson, Scott
Citation (Popular Media):
N.Y. Times, June 3, 2007.
Original URL:
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/06/03/opinion/03LIchristianson.html
June 1, 2007
Hindsight May Compromise Expert-Witness Objectivity (General)
Authors:
Arehart-Treichel, Joan
Citation (Popular Media):
Psychiatric News, May 18, 2007, at 24.
June 1, 2007
Hindsight Bias Among Psychiatrists (General)
Authors:
LeBourgeois III, H.W., Pinals, Debra A., Williams, Valerie, and Appelbaum, Paul S.
Citation (Journal Articles):
35 J. Am. Acad. Psychiatry and Law 67 (2007).
Original URL:
http://www.jaapl.org/cgi/reprint/35/1/67
May 31, 2007
Flipping A Coin: A Solution for the Inherent Unreliability of Eyewitness Identification Testimony (Eyewitness ID)
Authors:
Clements, Noah
Citation (Journal Articles):
40 Ind. L. Rev. 271 (2007).
May 30, 2007
The Impact of DNA and Other Technology on the Criminal Justice System: Improvements and Complications (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Singer, Julie A., Miller, Monica K., and Adya, Meera
Citation (Journal Articles):
17 Alb. J.L. Sci. and Tech. 87 (2007).
May 30, 2007
The DNA 2000 (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Conway, Chris
Citation (Popular Media):
N.Y. Times, May 20, 2007, Section 4, p. 14.
May 30, 2007
DNA Labs Facing Huge Backlog (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Perkel, Jeffrey M.
Citation (Popular Media):
The Scientist, May 21, 2007.
Original URL:
http://www.the-scientist.com/news/home/53203/
May 30, 2007
Justices Tell Judges to Warn Juries About Eyewitness IDs (Eyewitness ID)
Authors:
Hepp, Rick
Citation (Popular Media):
The Star Ledger, May 22, 2007.
Original URL:
http://www.nj.com/news/ledger/jersey/index.ssf?/base/news-7/117980913239710.xml&coll=1

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