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
A Sample of Witness, Crime, and Perpetrator Characteristics Affecting Eyewitness Identification Accuracy (Eyewitness ID)
Authors:
Cutler, Brian L.
Citation (Journal Articles):
4 Cardozo Pub. L. Pol'y and Ethics J. 327 (2006).
February 6, 2007
Eyewitness Evidence: A Guide for Law Enforcement (Eyewitness ID)
Authors:
National Institute of Justice, Technical Working Group for Eyewitness Evidence
Citation (Reports):
October, 1999.
Original URL:
http://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/nij/178240.pdf
February 6, 2007
Guidelines for Preparing and Conducting Photo and Live Lineup Identification Procedures (Eyewitness ID)
Authors:
New Jersey Attorney General
Citation (Other):
April 18, 2001.
Original URL:
http://www.psychology.iastate.edu/FACULTY/gwells/njguidelines.pdf
February 6, 2007
Three Men Once Confessed to Murdering a Navy Wife. But Another Man's DNA is Linked to the Crime. Is This Another Case of Innocents in Prison? (False Confessions)
Authors:
Bennett, Brian
Citation (Popular Media):
Time Mag., December 12, 2005, at 45.
February 6, 2007
Telling Police What They Want to Hear, Even If It's False (False Confessions)
Authors:
Dolan, Maura and Larrubia, Evelyn
Citation (Popular Media):
L.A. Times, October 30, 2004.
February 6, 2007
Note, Pleas for DNA Testing: Why Lawmakers Should Amend State Post-Conviction DNA Statutes to Apply to Prisoners Who Pled Guilty (False Confessions)
Authors:
Bortek, Diana
Citation (Journal Articles):
25 Cardozo L. Rev. 1429 (2004).
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.

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