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
New York State - Office of Forensic Services (Forensics/DNA)
Original URL:
http://criminaljustice.state.ny.us/forensic/dnabrochure.htm
February 7, 2007
Video: Crime Seen Advances in DNA Testing (Forensics/DNA)
Citation (Other):
Films for the Humanities and Sciences, 1999.
February 7, 2007
Video: What Jennifer Saw (Eyewitness ID)
Authors:
Loeterman, Ben, Lyman, Will, and Neuberger, John
Citation (Other):
PBS Video, 1997.
Original URL:
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/dna/
February 7, 2007
Perfect Evidence (False Confessions)
Citation (Other):
Public Radio International (2002).
February 7, 2007
False Confessions and Other Contributing Factors in Wrongful Murder Convictions in Illinois Since the William Heirens Case (False Confessions)
Authors:
Warden, Rob
Citation (Reports):
Center on Wrongful Convictions, Northwestern University School of Law, February, 2002.
February 6, 2007
Faulty Testimony Sent 2 to Death Row, Panel Finds (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Blumenthal, Ralph
Citation (Popular Media):
N.Y. Times, May 3, 2006, at A16.
February 6, 2007
Mistakes in Crime Labs Occur Around the Country (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Brown, Aaron
Citation (Popular Media):
CNN Encore Presentation broadcast, February 25, 2006.
February 6, 2007
The Impact of DNA Exonerations on the Criminal Justice System (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Berger, Margaret A.
Citation (Journal Articles):
34 J. L. Med. and Ethics 320 (2006).
February 6, 2007
The Wrong Men: America's Epidemic of Wrongful Death Row Convictions (General)
Authors:
Cohen, Stanley
Citation (Books):
Carroll and Graf Publishers, 2003.
February 6, 2007
Actual Innocence: Five Days to Execution and Other Dispatches from the Wrongly Convicted (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Dwyer, Jim, Neufeld, Peter, and Scheck, Barry
Citation (Books):
Doubleday, 2000.

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