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 26, 2007
Final Report of the Independent Investigator for the Houston Police Department Crime Laboratory and Property Room (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Bromwich, Michael R.
Citation (Reports):
June 13, 2007.
Original URL:
http://www.hpdlabinvestigation.org/reports/070613report.pdf
June 26, 2007
PD Reponse to Final Report by the Independent Investigator (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
City of Houston, Texas
Citation (Reports):
houstontx.gov, June 13, 2007.
Original URL:
http://www.houstontx.gov/police/nr/2007/june/nr061307-1.html
June 21, 2007
Comment, Taking the "Banks" Out of Banks v. Gonzalez: DNA Databanks and The Fourth Amendment Prohibition on Unreasonable Searches and Seizures (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Bennett, Heather
Citation (Journal Articles):
15 J. Gender, Soc. Pol'y and L.
June 15, 2007
An Ex-Wife's Battle: Set Mr. Garcia Free (General)
Authors:
Davies, Paul and Kuntz, Phil
Citation (Popular Media):
Wall Street Journal, June 15, 2007, at A1.
Original URL:
http://tinyurl.com/ys2yd5
June 14, 2007
Houston Won't Review Cases in Lab Inquiry (Forensics/DNA)
Citation (Popular Media):
N.Y. Times, June 14, 2007, at A28.
Original URL:
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/06/14/us/14houston.html
June 13, 2007
Use of Forensic DNA Evidence in Prosecutors' Offices (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Prottas, Jeffrey M. and Noble, Alice A.
Citation (Journal Articles):
35 J.L. Med. & Ethics 310 (2007).
June 12, 2007
Public Detectives (Ineffective Representation)
Authors:
Christianson, Scott
Citation (Popular Media):
N.Y. Times, June 3, 2007, Section 14, p. 13.
June 12, 2007
OpEd, In Juries We Trust (General)
Authors:
Crouch, Stanley
Citation (Popular Media):
NY Daily News, May 27, 2007.
Original URL:
http://tinyurl.com/yr5w7a
June 12, 2007
Innocence Project Marks 15th Year (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Salemme, Elisabeth
Citation (Popular Media):
Time.com, June 5, 2007.
Original URL:
http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1628477,00.html
June 12, 2007
Life Sentence; Justice Elusive for Wrongfully Convicted Victims (Police/Prosecutorial Misconduct)
Authors:
Webster, Richard A.
Citation (Popular Media):
New Orleans City Business.com, June 4, 2007.
Original URL:
http://www.neworleanscitybusiness.com/viewStory.cfm?recID=19189

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