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.

Article titles link to images of each article's first page, when available. The Library provides this service under the "fair use" provision of U.S. copyright law. Only the first page of an article will be scanned, and images will be deleted after two weeks. This service is for non-commercial, educational purposes only.

February 7, 2007
The University of Miami Wrongful Convictions Project (General)
Original URL:
http://www.wrongfulconvictions.com/
February 7, 2007
Innocence Blog (General)
Original URL:
http://wrongfulconvictions.blogspot.com/
February 7, 2007
Police Shutter Print Unit: Identification Error, Critical Report Cited (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Smalley, Suzanne
Citation (Popular Media):
Boston Globe, October 14, 2004.
Original URL:
http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2004/10/14/police_shutter_print_unit/
February 7, 2007
Texas - Executive Order RP 41 - March 14, 2005 (Forensics/DNA)
Original URL:
http://www.governor.state.tx.us/divisions/press/exorders/rp41
February 7, 2007
Texas - HB 1068 (signed 6/18/05, effective 9/1/05) (Forensics/DNA)
Original URL:
http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/Text.aspx?LegSess=79R&Bill=HB1068
February 7, 2007
Justice for All Act of 2004, Pub. L. 108-405, 118 Stat. 2260 (codified in scattered sections of 18 and 42 U.S.C.) (Forensics/DNA)
Citation (Legislation):
H.R. 5107 (passed October 30, 2004) Innocence Protection Act of 2004 - Title IV.
Original URL:
http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=108_cong_bills&docid=f:h5107eh.txt.pdf
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).

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