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.

February 7, 2007
Proof Clearing Man Almost Tossed Out (Forensics/DNA)
Citation (Popular Media):
Austin Am.-Statesman, October 14, 1997, at B3.
February 7, 2007
Police to Unveil CSI-Style Unit (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Smalley, Suzanne and Ranalli, Ralph
Citation (Popular Media):
Boston Globe, January 22, 2006, at B1.
February 7, 2007
Forensic Science (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Giannelli, Paul C.
Citation (Journal Articles):
33 J.L. Med. and Ethics 535 (2005).
February 7, 2007
Evidence Destroyed, Innocence Lost: The Preservation of Biological Evidence Under Innocence Protection Statutes (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Jones, Cynthia E.
Citation (Journal Articles):
42 Am. Crim. L. Rev. 1239 (2005).
February 7, 2007
Principles of Forensic DNA for Officers of the Court: An Interactive, Computer-Based Training Tool for Attorneys and Judges (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Lothridge, Kevin and Jones, Robin Wilson
Citation (Journal Articles):
54 Drake L. Rev. (2006).
February 7, 2007
Fingerprint Evidence (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Zabell, Sandy L.
Citation (Journal Articles):
13 J.L. and Pol'y 143 (2005).
February 7, 2007
Commission Urges Changes in Use of Eyewitness Identifications, The State Panel Cites Problems with Current Procedures, Particularly Cross-Racial IDS, A Leading Cause of Wrongful Convictions (Eyewitness ID)
Authors:
Weinstein, Henry
Citation (Popular Media):
L.A. Times, April 14, 2006, at 3.
February 7, 2007
Eyewitness Identification Evidence - Evaluating Commonsense Evaluations (Eyewitness ID)
Authors:
Devenport, Jennifer L., Penrod, Steven D., and Cutler, Brian L.
Citation (Journal Articles):
3 Psychol. Pub. Pol'y and L. 338 (1997).
February 7, 2007
A Miscarriage of Justice in Massachusetts: Eyewitness Identification Procedures, Unrecorded Admissions, and a Comparison with English Law (Eyewitness ID)
Authors:
Fisher, Stanley Z. and McKenzie, Ian
Citation (Journal Articles):
13 B.U. Pub. Int. L.J. 1 (2003).
February 7, 2007
Comment, The Need to Revisit the Neil v. Biggers Factors: Suppressing Unreliable Eyewitness Identifications (Eyewitness ID)
Authors:
Gambell, Suzannah B.
Citation (Journal Articles):
6 Wyo. L. Rev. 189 (2006).

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