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.

Please Note: We do not provide legal assistance; this is an information service only. If you have any questions or comments about this service, please contact Stephen Wolfson, reference librarian, at swolfson@law.utexas.edu.

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.

February 21, 2007
Sequential vs. Simultaneous Lineups: A Review of Methods, Data, and Theory (Eyewitness ID)
Authors:
Mc-Quiston Surrett, Dawn, Malpass, Roy S., and Tredoux, Colin G.
Citation (Journal Articles):
12 Psychol. Pub. Pol'y and L. 137 (2006).
February 21, 2007
"Why Don't You Take Another Look at Number Three?": Investigator Knowledge and its Effects on Eyewitness Confidence and Identification Decisions (Eyewitness ID)
Authors:
Russano, Melissa B., Dickinson, Jason J., Greathouse, Sarah M., and Kovera, Margaret Bull
Citation (Journal Articles):
4 Cardozo Pub. L. Pol'y and Ethics J. 355 (2006).
February 21, 2007
Reforming Eyewitness Identification: Cautionary Lineup Instructions; Weighing the Advantages and Disadvantages of Show-Ups versus Lineups (Eyewitness ID)
Authors:
Steblay, Nancy K. Mehrkens
Citation (Journal Articles):
4 Cardozo Pub. L. Pol'y and Ethics J. 341 (2006).
February 21, 2007
The Effect of Exposure to Multiple Lineups on Face Identification Accuracy (Eyewitness ID)
Authors:
Hinz, Tiffany and Pezdek, Kathy
Citation (Journal Articles):
25 Law and Hum. Behav. 185 (2001).
February 21, 2007
Editorial, Witnessing Guilt, Ignoring Innocence? (Eyewitness ID)
Authors:
Feige, David
Citation (Popular Media):
N.Y. Times, June 6, 2006, at A21.
February 21, 2007
Eyewitness Evidence: A Trainer's Manual for Law Enforcement (Eyewitness ID)
Authors:
National Institute of Justice, Technical Working Group for Eyewitness Evidence
Citation (Reports):
September, 2003.
Original URL:
http://www.ncjrs.gov/nij/eyewitness/188678.pdf
February 21, 2007
Eyewitness Testimony (Eyewitness ID)
Authors:
Wells, Gary L. and Olson, Elizabeth A.
Citation (Journal Articles):
54 Annu. Rev. Psychol. 277 (2003).
February 21, 2007
The Damaging Effect of Confirming Feedback on the Relation Between Eyewitness Certainty and Identification Accuracy (Eyewitness ID)
Authors:
Bradfield, Amy L., Wells, Gary L., and Olson, Elizabeth A.
Citation (Journal Articles):
87 J. Applied Psychol. 112 (2002).
February 21, 2007
Police Lineups: Data, Theory, and Policy (Eyewitness ID)
Authors:
Wells, Gary L.
Citation (Journal Articles):
7 Psychol. Pub. Pol'y and L. 791 (2001).
February 21, 2007
"Good, You Identified the Suspect": Feedback to Eyewitnesses Distorts Their Experience of the Witnessing Experience (Eyewitness ID)
Authors:
Wells, Gary L. and Bradfield, Amy L.
Citation (Journal Articles):
83 J. Applied Psychol. 360 (1998).

Pages