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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February 21, 2007
Prosecutors Fight DNA Use for Exoneration (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Liptak, Adam
Citation (Popular Media):
N.Y. Times, August 29, 2003, at A1.
February 21, 2007
Pleading Guilty vs. Being Guilty: A Case for Broader Access to DNA Testing (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Swedlow, Kathy
Citation (Journal Articles):
41 Crim. L. Bull. 575 (2005).
February 21, 2007
Why Can't Steven Phillips Get a DNA Test? (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Hall, Michael
Citation (Popular Media):
TexasMonthly, January 2006, at 129.
February 21, 2007
Reference Manual on Scientific Evidence, 2d Ed. (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Federal Judicial Center
Citation (Other):
Federal Judicial Center 2000.
Original URL:
http://www.fjc.gov/public/pdf.nsf/lookup/sciman00.pdf/$file/sciman00.pdf
February 21, 2007
New York Fails at Finding Evidence to Help the Wrongfully Convicted (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Dwyer, Jim
Citation (Popular Media):
N.Y. Times, July 6, 2006.
February 21, 2007
Report to the Legislature of the State of Illinois: The Illinois Pilot Program on Sequential Double-Blind Identification Procedures (Eyewitness ID)
Authors:
Mecklenburg, Sheri H. on behalf of Illinois State Police
Citation (Reports):
March 17, 2006.
Original URL:
http://eyewitness.utep.edu/Documents/IllinoisPilotStudyOnEyewitnessID.pdf
February 21, 2007
Appendix to Report to the Legislature of the State of Illinois: The Illinois Pilot Program on Sequential Double-Blind Identification Procedures (Eyewitness ID)
Authors:
Mecklenburg, Sheri H. on behalf of Illinois State Police
Citation (Reports):
March 17, 2006.
Original URL:
http://www.chicagopolice.org/Apndx%20to%20IL%20Pilot%20on%20Eyewitness%20ID.pdf
February 21, 2007
Addendum to the Report to the Legislature of the State of Illinois: The Illinois Pilot Program on Sequential Double-Blind Identification Procedures (Eyewitness ID)
Authors:
Mecklenburg, Sheri H.
Citation (Reports):
June 19, 2006.
Original URL:
http://eyewitness.utep.edu/Documents/IllinoisPilotStudyOnEyewitnessIDAddendum.pdf
February 21, 2007
Sequential vs. Simultaneous Lineups: A Review of Methods, Data, and Theory (Eyewitness ID)
Authors:
Mc-Quiston Surrett, Dawn, Malpass, Roy S., and Tredoux, Colin G.
Citation (Journal Articles):
12 Psychol. Pub. Pol'y and L. 137 (2006).
February 21, 2007
"Why Don't You Take Another Look at Number Three?": Investigator Knowledge and its Effects on Eyewitness Confidence and Identification Decisions (Eyewitness ID)
Authors:
Russano, Melissa B., Dickinson, Jason J., Greathouse, Sarah M., and Kovera, Margaret Bull
Citation (Journal Articles):
4 Cardozo Pub. L. Pol'y and Ethics J. 355 (2006).

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