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 6, 2007
Convicting the Innocent in Capital Cases: Criteria, Evidence, and Inference (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Bedau, Hugo Adam, Radelet, Michael L. and Putnam, Constance E.
Citation (Journal Articles):
52 Drake L. Rev. 587 (2004).
February 6, 2007
Lab Fraud: Lessons Learned from the 'Fred Zain' Affair (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Castelle, George
Citation (Journal Articles):
23(4) The Champion 12 (1999).
February 6, 2007
Comment, The Prevalence and Potential Causes of Wrongful Conviction by Fingerprint Evidence (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Cole, Simon A.
Citation (Journal Articles):
37 Golden Gate U. L. Rev. 39 (2006).
February 6, 2007
Memories Fail Wrongly Accused; So Does Florida (Eyewitness ID)
Authors:
Grimm, Fred
Citation (Popular Media):
Miami Herald, June 8, 2006, at B1.
February 6, 2007
Convicted, Executed, Not Guilty (Eyewitness ID)
Authors:
Herbert, Bob
Citation (Popular Media):
N.Y. Times, July 14, 2005, at A25.
February 6, 2007
Comment, Improving Eyewitness Evidence Collection Procedures in Wisconsin (Eyewitness ID)
Authors:
Collins, Winn S.
Citation (Journal Articles):
2003 Wis. L. Rev. 529 (2003).
February 6, 2007
Safeguards for Witness Identification (Eyewitness ID)
Authors:
Collins, Winn S.
Citation (Journal Articles):
77 Wis. Lawyer 8 (2004).
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

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