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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April 24, 2007
Op-Ed, At least Dallas County gives 2nd chances (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Falkenberg, Lisa
Citation (Popular Media):
Hous. Chron., April 17, 2007.
Original URL:
http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/4720556.html
April 24, 2007
DNA Clears 200th Wrongfully Convicted (Forensics/DNA)
Citation (Popular Media):
N.Y. Times, April 23, 2007.
Original URL:
http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/us/AP-DNA-Exonerations-200.html
April 23, 2007
DNA chief fired over crime lab problems; State police had said he mishandled results (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Saltzman, Jonathan
Citation (Popular Media):
Boston Globe, April 14, 2007.
Original URL:
http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2007/04/14/dna_chief_fired_over_crime_lab_problems/?page=full
April 23, 2007
State Police may hunt for a suspect using kin's DNA; Critics say innocent targeted (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Saltzman, Jonathan
Citation (Popular Media):
Boston Globe, April 17, 2007.
Original URL:
http://tinyurl.com/27d9yc
April 23, 2007
Law would speed claims for wrongly convicted, imprisoned (General)
Authors:
Thompson, Carolyn
Citation (Popular Media):
Newsday.com, April 20, 2007.
Original URL:
http://www.newsday.com/news/local/wire/newyork/ny-bc-ny--anthonyslaw0420apr20,0,1052319.story?coll=ny-region-apnewyork
April 23, 2007
New York - S4631 (2007) (General)
Citation (Legislation):
Referred to Judiciary, April 19, 2007; pending.
Original URL:
http://assembly.state.ny.us/leg/?bn=S04631&sh=t
April 23, 2007
Eyewitness ID Reform Act (Eyewitness ID)
Citation (Legislation):
North Carolina - H1625 (2007); signed, August 23, 2007.
Original URL:
http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/gascripts/BillLookUp/BillLookUp.pl?Session=2007&BillID=H1625
April 23, 2007
Eyewitness ID Reform Act (Eyewitness ID)
Citation (Legislation):
North Carolina - S725 (2007); pending.
Original URL:
http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/gascripts/BillLookUp/BillLookUp.pl?Session=2007&BillID=S+725
April 20, 2007
States Look at Reforming Lineup Methods (Eyewitness ID)
Authors:
Jaksic, Vesna
Citation (Popular Media):
National Law Journal, April 20, 2007.
Original URL:
http://www.law.com/jsp/article.jsp?id=1176973464330&pos=ataglance
April 20, 2007
After Falsified Test Results, Kelly Orders Forensic Shakeup (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Lueck, Thomas J.
Citation (Popular Media):
N.Y. Times, April 20, 2007.
Original URL:
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/04/20/nyregion/20chief.html

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