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.

July 31, 2007
Innocence Project Still Lacking at WFU (General)
Authors:
Wilson, Patrick
Citation (Popular Media):
Winston-Salem Journal, July 8, 2007.
Original URL:
http://tinyurl.com/ywvgmw
July 31, 2007
Phila. Case May Lead to More DNA Testing for Pa. Convicts (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Lounsberry, Emilie
Citation (Popular Media):
Phil. Inquirer, July 11, 2007.
Original URL:
http://tinyurl.com/34cfx4
July 31, 2007
Is Evidence Law Too Tough? No Inmates Have Been Freed by New Petition Process; Supporters Say System Works (General)
Authors:
Green, Frank
Citation (Popular Media):
Richmond Times-Dispatch, July 16, 2007.
Original URL:
http://tinyurl.com/3yzer7
July 31, 2007
Former Death-Row Inmate Officially Declared Innocent (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Glod, Maria
Citation (Popular Media):
Wash. Post, July 7, 2007, at B02.
Original URL:
http://tinyurl.com/ysmw8b
July 31, 2007
Room for Error In Evidence Vaults (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Moffeit, Miles and Greene, Susan
Citation (Popular Media):
Denver Post, July 23, 2007.
Original URL:
http://www.denverpost.com/telecom/ci_6439646
July 31, 2007
DNA Retention Policies Unclear, Unwritten (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Plunkett, Chuck
Citation (Popular Media):
Denver Post, July 24, 2007.
Original URL:
http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_6450589
July 31, 2007
How Reliable Are Eyewitnesses? (Eyewitness ID)
Authors:
Campos, Carlos
Citation (Popular Media):
Atlanta Journal Constitution, July 22, 2007.
Original URL:
http://tinyurl.com/yrvwgr
July 31, 2007
DNA Test Backlog Shrinking, O'Malley Says (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Wagner, John
Citation (Popular Media):
Wash. Post, July 25, 2007, at B02.
Original URL:
http://tinyurl.com/2jfk77
July 31, 2007
U.S. Told to Pay $101 Million for Framing 4 Men (Police/Prosecutorial Misconduct)
Authors:
Belluck, Pam
Citation (Popular Media):
N.Y. Times, July 26, 2007.
Original URL:
http://tinyurl.com/2gr7ms
July 31, 2007
State Lawmakers Approve Lineup, Interrogation Recording Standards (General)
Citation (Popular Media):
Winston-Salem Journal, July 24, 2007.
Original URL:
http://tinyurl.com/2bxoq7

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