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 22, 2007
True Crimes, False Confessions (False Confessions)
Authors:
Newsome, Melba
Citation (Popular Media):
Oprah Magazine, April 2006, at 235.
February 22, 2007
Inmate to be Freed as DNA Tests Upend Murder Confession (False Confessions)
Authors:
Dwyer, Jim
Citation (Popular Media):
N.Y. Times, May 16, 2006.
February 22, 2007
The Psychology of False Confessions (False Confessions)
Authors:
Conti, Richard P.
Citation (Journal Articles):
2 J. of Credibility Assessment and Witness Psychol. 14 (1999).
Original URL:
http://truth.boisestate.edu/jcaawp/9901/9901.pdf
February 22, 2007
Misuse of Scientific Evidence by Prosecutors (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Gershman, Bennett L.
Citation (Journal Articles):
28 Okla. City U. L. Rev. 17 (2003).
February 22, 2007
The Innocent Prisoner and the Appellate Prosecutor: Some Thoughts on Post-Conviction Prosecutorial Ethics after Dretke v. Haley (Police/Prosecutorial Misconduct)
Authors:
Cunningham, Larry
Citation (Journal Articles):
Criminal Justice Ethics, Summer/Fall 2005, at 12.
February 22, 2007
The Zeal Deal: Prosecutorial Resistance to Post-Conviction Claims of Innocence (Police/Prosecutorial Misconduct)
Authors:
Medwed, Daniel S.
Citation (Journal Articles):
84 B.U. L. Rev. 125 (2004).
February 22, 2007
Handling post-conviction DNA motions (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Ardolf, Tammy and Stone, John
Citation (Popular Media):
The Texas Prosecutor, September/October 2004, at 23.
February 22, 2007
For this bill, ex-con will be key lobbyist; Measure aims to increase compensation for the wrongly convicted (General)
Authors:
Ellison, David
Citation (Popular Media):
Hous. Chron., September 6, 2006.
February 21, 2007
When Justice Fails: Indemnification for Unjust Conviction (General)
Authors:
Bernhard, Adele
Citation (Journal Articles):
6 U. Chi. L. Sch. Roundtable 73 (1999).
February 21, 2007
On Conveying the Probative Value of DNA Evidence: Frequencies, Likelihood Ratios, and Error Rates (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Koehler, Jonathan J.
Citation (Journal Articles):
67 U. Colo. L. Rev. 859 (1996).

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