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
Manson v. Bathwaite: The Supreme Court's Misunderstanding of Eyewitness Identification (Eyewitness ID)
Authors:
Yacona, Ruth
Citation (Journal Articles):
39 J. Marshall L. Rev. 539 (2006).
February 7, 2007
Cop Accused of Torture Wants Ryan to Testify: Burge Wants Ex-Gov to Explain Pardons of Men Who Are Suing (False Confessions)
Authors:
Main, Frank
Citation (Popular Media):
Chi. Sun-Times, January 11, 2006, at 20.
February 7, 2007
Wrongful Conviction Prompts Detroit Police to Videotape Certain Interrogations (False Confessions)
Authors:
Peters, Jeremy W.
Citation (Popular Media):
N.Y. Times, April 11, 2006, at 14.
February 7, 2007
Freed Man Gives Lesson on False Confession, Ex-Inmate Tells a State Panel How Texas Police Coerced Him Into Admitting Murder (False Confessions)
Authors:
Weinstein, Henry
Citation (Popular Media):
L.A. Times, June 21, 2006, at 1.
February 7, 2007
The Guilty and the "Innocent": An Examination of Alleged Cases of Wrongful Conviction from False Confessions (False Confessions)
Authors:
Cassell, Paul G.
Citation (Journal Articles):
22 Harv. J.L. and Pub. Pol'y 523 (1999).
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

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