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 7, 2007
The Problem of False Confesions in the Post-DNA World (False Confessions)
Authors:
Drizin, Steven A. and Leo, Richard A.
Citation (Journal Articles):
82 N.C. L. Rev. 891 (2004).
February 7, 2007
Heeding the Lessons of History: The Need for Mandatory Recording of Police Interrogations to Accurately Assess the Reliability and Voluntariness of Confessions (False Confessions)
Authors:
Drizin, Steven A. and Reich, Marissa J.
Citation (Journal Articles):
52 Drake L. Rev. 619 (2004).
February 7, 2007
The Consequences of False Confessions: Deprivations of Liberty and Miscarriage of Justice in the Age of Psychological Interrogation (False Confessions)
Authors:
Leo, Richard A. and Ofshe, Richard J.
Citation (Journal Articles):
88 J. Crim. L. and Criminology 429 (1998).
February 7, 2007
False Confessions Are Alive and Well in the U.S. (False Confessions)
Authors:
Sherrer, Hans
Citation (Journal Articles):
27 Justice: Denied magazine 16 (2005).
Original URL:
http://justicedenied.org/issue/issue_27/false_confessions_are_alive.html
February 7, 2007
Turning Celebrated Principles into Reality (Ineffective Representation)
Authors:
Bright, Stephen B.
Citation (Journal Articles):
27(1) The Champion 6 (2003).
Original URL:
http://www.schr.org/indigentdefense/champion02.htm
February 7, 2007
Ineffective Assistance of Counsel: The Case for an Ex Ante Parity Standard (Ineffective Representation)
Authors:
Dripps, Donald A.
Citation (Journal Articles):
88 J. Crim. L. and Criminology 242 (1997).
February 7, 2007
Note, Truly Ineffective Assistance: A Comparison of Ineffective Assistance of Counsel in the United States of America and the United Kingdom (Ineffective Representation)
Authors:
Henderson, Marcus Procter
Citation (Journal Articles):
13 Ind. Int'l and Comp. L. Rev. 317 (2002).
February 7, 2007
Ethics - Inadequate Representation and Wrongful Conviction (Ineffective Representation)
Authors:
Joy, Peter A. and McMunigal, Kevin C.
Citation (Journal Articles):
18 ABA Crim. Justice 57 (2003).
February 7, 2007
Note, Effectively Ineffective: The Failure of Courts to Address Underfunded Indigent Defense Systems (Ineffective Representation)
Citation (Journal Articles):
118 Harv. L. Rev. 1731 (2005).
February 7, 2007
Too Little, Too Late: Ineffective Assistance of Counsel, the Duty to Investigate, and Pretrial Discovery in Criminal Cases (Ineffective Representation)
Authors:
Roberts, Jenny
Citation (Journal Articles):
31 Fordham Urb. L.J. 1097 (2004).

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