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 6, 2007
State frees Riviera Beach man in road-rage death case (Eyewitness ID)
Authors:
Apgar, Sally
Citation (Popular Media):
Sun-Sentinel.com, February 28, 2007.
Original URL:
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/southflorida/sfl-228vishnu,0,5385872.story?coll=sfla-home-headlines
March 6, 2007
Scathing audit criticizes state police (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Broadwater, Luke
Citation (Popular Media):
Examiner.com, February 27, 2007.
Original URL:
http://www.examiner.com/a-587751~Scathing_audit_criticizes_state_police.html
March 6, 2007
Lawyer challenges DNA evidence in wake of crime lab's mistakes; Same issues could affect hundreds of other cases (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Frank, David E.
Citation (Popular Media):
Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, February 23, 2007.
Original URL:
http://www.masslaw.com/news0223.cfm
March 6, 2007
New Prosecutor Revisits Justice in Dallas; District Attorney Embraces Innocence Project and 'Smart on Crime' Approach (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Moreno, Sylvia
Citation (Popular Media):
Wash. Post, March 5, 2007, at A04.
Original URL:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/03/04/AR2007030401566.html
March 6, 2007
Decreasing the Turnaround Time for DNA Testing (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Wisconsin Criminal Justice Study Commission
Citation (Reports):
February 15, 2007.
Original URL:
http://www.wcjsc.org/WCJSC_Report_on_DNA_Backlog.pdf
February 25, 2007
The Benefits of Socially Supportive Interviewing for Child Eyewitnesses (Eyewitness ID)
Authors:
Bottoms, Bette L.
Citation (Journal Articles):
11 Pub. Int. L. Rep. 3 (2006).
February 25, 2007
The Street, The Lab, The Courtroom, The Meeting Room (Eyewitness ID)
Authors:
Doyle, James M., Penrod, Steven, Kovera, Margaret Bull, and Dysart, Jennifer
Citation (Journal Articles):
11 Pub. Int. L. Rep. 13 (2006).
February 25, 2007
In Response to the Illinois Pilot Program on Simultaneous v. Sequential Lineups (Eyewitness ID)
Authors:
Ebbesen, Ebbe B. and Finklea, Kristin M.
Citation (Journal Articles):
11 Pub. Int. L. Rep. 9 (2006).
February 25, 2007
Notes on the Illinois Program on Sequential Double-Blind Identification Procedures (Eyewitness ID)
Authors:
Malpass, Roy L.
Citation (Journal Articles):
11 Pub. Int. L. Rep. 5 (2006).
February 25, 2007
Recent Appellate Court Decisions on Eyewitness Identification (Eyewitness ID)
Authors:
Norton, Jerry E.
Citation (Journal Articles):
11 Pub. Int. L. Rep. 1 (2006).

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