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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August 7, 2007
Attorneys for Indigent Receive DNA Training (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Sangree, Hudson
Citation (Popular Media):
Sacramento Bee, July 28, 2007, at B4.
Original URL:
http://www.sacbee.com/101/story/296675.html
August 7, 2007
Best Police Format Not Yet Identified (Eyewitness ID)
Authors:
Rozas, Angela
Citation (Popular Media):
Chi. Trib., July 30, 2007.
Original URL:
http://tinyurl.com/yv35ff
August 7, 2007
Prosecutor Tapped to Fix Crime Lab (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Estes, Andrea
Citation (Popular Media):
Boston Globe, July 28, 2007.
Original URL:
http://tinyurl.com/2uvxzl
August 7, 2007
North Carolina - HB 1500 (2007) (Forensics/DNA)
Citation (Legislation):
Signed August 31, 2007.
Original URL:
http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/gascripts/BillLookUp/BillLookUp.pl?Session=2007&BillID=H1500
August 7, 2007
North Carolina - HB 1626 (2007) (Police/Prosecutorial Misconduct)
Citation (Legislation):
Signed August 23, 2007.
Original URL:
http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/gascripts/BillLookUp/BillLookUp.pl?Session=2007&BillID=H1626
August 7, 2007
Policy Forum: Studying Eyewitness Investigations in the Field (Eyewitness ID)
Authors:
Schacter, Daniel L., Dawes, Robyn, Jacoby, Larry L., Kahneman, Daniel, Lempert, Richard, Roediger, Henry L., and Rosenthal, Robert
Citation (Journal Articles):
31 Law and Hum. Behav. ___ (July 2007).
August 2, 2007
Op-Ed, The Presence of Malice (Police/Prosecutorial Misconduct)
Authors:
Moran, Richard
Citation (Popular Media):
N.Y. Times, August 2, 2007, at A21.
Original URL:
http://tinyurl.com/2dscpm
August 2, 2007
Regulating Police Deception During Interrogation (Police/Prosecutorial Misconduct)
Authors:
Thomas, George C. III
Citation (Journal Articles):
39 Tex. Tech. L. Rev. 1293 (2007).
August 2, 2007
Lying and Confessing (Police/Prosecutorial Misconduct)
Authors:
Slobogin, Christopher
Citation (Journal Articles):
39 Tex. Tech. L. Rev. 1275 (2007).
August 1, 2007
False Confessions: Rethinking A Contemporary Problem (False Confessions)
Authors:
Sackman, Edward J.
Citation (Journal Articles):
16 Kan. J.L. and Pub. Pol'y 208 (2006, 2007).

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