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
Lessons About Justice from the "Laboratory" of Wrongful Convictions: Tunnel Vision, the Construction of Guilt and Informer Evidence (Jailhouse Informants)
Authors:
Martin, Dianne L.
Citation (Journal Articles):
70 U.M.K.C. L. Rev. 847 (2002).
February 7, 2007
Comment, Beyond Unreliable: How Snitches Contribute to Wrongful Convictions (Jailhouse Informants)
Authors:
Natapoff, Alexandra
Citation (Journal Articles):
37 Golden Gate U. L. Rev. 107 (2006).
February 7, 2007
Note, Should Prosecutors Be Required to Record Their Pretrial Interviews with Accomplices and Snitches? (Jailhouse Informants)
Authors:
Roberts, Sam
Citation (Journal Articles):
74 Fordham L. Rev. 257 (2005).
February 7, 2007
Cooperation with Federal Prosecutors: Experiences of Truth Telling and Embellishment (Jailhouse Informants)
Authors:
Yaroshefsky, Ellen
Citation (Journal Articles):
68 Fordham L. Rev. 917 (1999).
February 7, 2007
Trial & Error: How Prosecutors Sacrifice Justice to Win; Prosecution on Trial in DuPage (Police/Prosecutorial Misconduct)
Authors:
Armstrong, Ken and Possley, Maurice
Citation (Popular Media):
Chi. Trib., January 12, 1999, at 1.
February 7, 2007
Trial & Error: How Prosecutors Sacrifice Justice to Win; Reversal of Fortune (Police/Prosecutorial Misconduct)
Authors:
Armstrong, Ken and Possley, Maurice
Citation (Popular Media):
Chi. Trib., January 13, 1999, at 1.
February 7, 2007
Trial & Error: How Prosecutors Sacrifice Justice to Win; Break Rules, Be Promoted (Police/Prosecutorial Misconduct)
Authors:
Armstrong, Ken and Possley, Maurice
Citation (Popular Media):
Chi. Trib., January 14, 1999, at 1.
February 7, 2007
Wrongful Conviction Lawsuit Can Proceed; New Police Chief, Ex-Officer Accused (Police/Prosecutorial Misconduct)
Authors:
Murphy, Shelley
Citation (Popular Media):
Boston Globe, November 7, 2006, at B2.
February 7, 2007
The Relationship Between Prosecutorial Misconduct and Wrongful Convictions: Shaping Remedies for a Broken System (Police/Prosecutorial Misconduct)
Authors:
Joy, Peter A.
Citation (Journal Articles):
84 Wisc. L. Rev. 399 (2006).
February 7, 2007
A Quantitative Look at the Two-Suspect Scenario (Police/Prosecutorial Misconduct)
Authors:
Netter, Brian
Citation (Journal Articles):
115 Yale L.J. 1167 (2006).

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