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 6, 2007
Protecting the Innocent from False Confessions and Lost Confessions - and Miranda (False Confessions)
Authors:
Cassell, Paul G.
Citation (Journal Articles):
88 J. Crim. L. and Criminology 497 (1998).
February 6, 2007
Miranda's Waning Protections: Police Interrogation Practices After Dickerson (False Confessions)
Authors:
White, Welsh
Citation (Books):
University of Michigan Press, 2001.
February 6, 2007
The Role of False Confessions in Illinois Murder Convictions Since 1970 (False Confessions)
Authors:
Warden, Rob
Citation (Reports):
Center on Wrongful Convictions, Northwestern University School of Law, Revised May 12, 2003.
Original URL:
http://www.law.northwestern.edu/wrongfulconvictions/issues/causesandremedies/falseconfessions/FalseConfessionsStudy.html
February 6, 2007
Ruling May Set Inmate Free; Appeals Court Decision in 1998 Assault Case Sets Stage for Either Retrial or Release (Ineffective Representation)
Authors:
McVicker, Steve
Citation (Popular Media):
Hous. Chron., November 23, 2006, at B1.
February 6, 2007
The Psychology of Hindsight and After-the-fact Review of Ineffective Assistance of Counsel (Ineffective Representation)
Authors:
Bibas, Stephanos
Citation (Journal Articles):
2004 Utah L. Rev. 1 (2004).
February 6, 2007
Exonerations Change Judicial Views on Ineffective Assistance of Counsel (Ineffective Representation)
Authors:
Bernhard, Adele
Citation (Journal Articles):
18 Crim. Justice 37 (2003).
February 6, 2007
Limited Use of Jail Informants Urged, State Blue Ribbon Panel Says the Legislature Should Enact Laws Requiring Corroborating Evidence if Such Testimony is Offered (Jailhouse Informants)
Authors:
Weinstein, Henry
Citation (Popular Media):
L.A. Times, November 22, 2006, at 4.
February 6, 2007
Jailhouse Informants: A Lesson in E-Snitching (Jailhouse Informants)
Authors:
Alter, Valerie
Citation (Journal Articles):
10 J. Tech. L. and Pol'y 223 (2005).
February 6, 2007
Jailhouse Informants (Jailhouse Informants)
Authors:
Bloom, Robert M.
Citation (Journal Articles):
18 Crim. Justice 20 (2003).
February 6, 2007
Ratting: The Use and Abuse of Informants in the American Justice System (Jailhouse Informants)
Authors:
Bloom, Robert
Citation (Books):
Praeger Publishers, 2002.

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