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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March 20, 2007
Needle in a Haystack: Is innocence the best argument for ending the death penalty? (General)
Authors:
Row, David R. and Hirsch, Alan
Citation (Popular Media):
Texas Observer, February 23, 2007, at 12.
Original URL:
http://www.texasobserver.org/article.php?aid=2432
March 19, 2007
Costs soar to fight lawsuit by ex-prisoner (General)
Authors:
Smalley, Suzanne
Citation (Popular Media):
Boston Globe, March 14, 2007.
Original URL:
http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2007/03/14/costs_soar_to_fight_lawsuit_by_ex_prisoner/
March 19, 2007
Angle of Questioning (False Confessions)
Authors:
Begley, Sharon
Citation (Popular Media):
Newsweek Periscope, March 19, 2007.
Original URL:
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/17553247/site/newsweek/from/ET/
March 13, 2007
The Dangers of DNA Testing: Its increasing use opens a Pandora's Box of privacy issues and is unfairly skewed toward certain groups (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Holtzman, David H.
Citation (Popular Media):
Viewpoint, BusinessWeek.com, March 5, 2007.
Original URL:
http://www.businessweek.com/print/technology/content/mar2007/tc20070305_747605.htm
March 13, 2007
Issue Brief: Improving Public Safety by Expanding the Use of Forensic DNA (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
NGA Center for Best Practices
Citation (Reports):
February 9, 2007.
Original URL:
http://www.nga.org/Files/pdf/0702FORENSICDNA.PDF
March 13, 2007
'Day of Relief' for Roy Brown: Judge dismisses indictment accusing Roy Brown of murder in 1991 case (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Stith, John
Citation (Popular Media):
Syracuse Post-Standard, March 6, 2007.
Original URL:
http://tinyurl.com/32fbk5
March 13, 2007
Not all questions in Darryl Hunt case could be answered: For the Sykes commission, race's impact undetermined (General)
Authors:
Gutierrez, Bertrand M.
Citation (Popular Media):
Winston-Salem Journal/journalnow.com, March 4, 2007.
Original URL:
http://tinyurl.com/ynw2ak
March 13, 2007
DNA testing will begin in '91 Ford death penalty case (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Fonce-Olivas, Tammy
Citation (Popular Media):
elpasotimes.com, March 2, 2007.
Original URL:
http://www.elpasotimes.com/news/ci_5336318
March 13, 2007
DA: '83 case mishandled, but man not cleared yet; Conviction under review as prosecutor finds evidence withheld (Police/Prosecutorial Misconduct)
Authors:
McGonigle, Steve
Citation (Popular Media):
DallasNews.com, March 10, 2007.
Original URL:
http://tinyurl.com/2q37ku
March 13, 2007
Sykes Administrative Review Committee Report (Police/Prosecutorial Misconduct)
Authors:
Office of the City Manager, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Citation (Reports):
February, 2007.
Original URL:
http://www.cityofws.org/Assets/CityOfWS//Documents/City%20Manager/SARC/sykesreport_feb2007r_www.pdf

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