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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July 16, 2014
North Carolina Man to be Freed 19 Years After Wrongful Conviction (Police/Prosecutorial Misconduct)
Authors:
Marti Maguire
Citation (Popular Media):
Reuters, July 15, 2014
Original URL:
http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/07/16/us-usa-northcarolina-innocence-idUSKBN0FL00D20140716
July 15, 2014
New York Court OKs $5.5M Award to Wrongly Convicted Man (False Confessions)
Authors:
Associated Press
Citation (Popular Media):
Claims Journal, July 15, 2014
Original URL:
http://www.claimsjournal.com/news/east/2014/07/15/251792.htm
July 15, 2014
$3 Million Settlement in Wrongful Conviction for Rabbi Murder (General)
Authors:
Associated Press
Citation (Popular Media):
7online.com, July 10, 2014
Original URL:
http://7online.com/news/$3-million-settlement-in-wrongful-conviction/176022/
July 15, 2014
New York State to Pay Millions in Wrongful Conviction Case (Police/Prosecutorial Misconduct)
Authors:
Joaquin Sapien
Citation (Popular Media):
Truth-out.org, July 12, 2014
Original URL:
http://truth-out.org/news/item/24915-new-york-state-to-pay-millions-in-wrongful-conviction-case
July 15, 2014
Wrongly Convicted John Middleton Should Not Be Scheduled To Die (Police/Prosecutorial Misconduct)
Authors:
Jeff Stack
Citation (Popular Media):
Columbia Tribune, July 13, 2014
Original URL:
http://www.columbiatribune.com/opinion/oped/wrongly-convicted-john-middleton-should-not-be-scheduled-to-die/article_c93acad8-83af-5893-bcee-9b94ccaf6796.html
July 15, 2014
Hearing Set in Wrongly Imprisoned Man's Case (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Alaine Griffin
Citation (Popular Media):
Courant, July 14, 2014
Original URL:
http://articles.courant.com/2014-07-14/news/hc-kenneth-ireland-connecticut-wrongful-incarcerat-20140714_1_kevin-benefield-barbara-pelkey-kenneth-ireland
July 15, 2014
$3.5M Deal IN San Francisco Wrongful Conviction (Eyewitness ID)
Authors:
Associated Press
Citation (Popular Media):
SF Gate, July 14, 2014
Original URL:
http://www.sfgate.com/news/crime/article/3-5M-deal-in-San-Francisco-wrongful-conviction-5620113.php
July 15, 2014
New State DNA Law Could Help Wrongly Convicted (General)
Authors:
Jimmie E. Gates
Citation (Popular Media):
Clarion-Ledger, July 13, 2014
Original URL:
http://www.clarionledger.com/story/news/2014/07/13/new-state-dna-law-help-wrongly-convicted/12608599/
July 10, 2014
Springfield Man Files Suit Seeking Financial Compensation From State For Wrongful COnviction (Eyewitness ID)
Authors:
Associated Press
Citation (Popular Media):
Daily Reporter, July 9, 2014
Original URL:
http://www.greenfieldreporter.com/view/story/80a11deadbd2449cac9d79db7d4271b4/MA--Wrongful-Conviction
July 10, 2014
Jabbar Collins Settles Wrongful Conviction Suit for $3 Million (Police/Prosecutorial Misconduct)
Authors:
Sean Gardiner
Citation (Popular Media):
Wall Street Journal, July 10, 2014
Original URL:
http://online.wsj.com/articles/jabber-collins-and-new-york-state-reach-settlement-in-wrongful-conviction-case-for-3-million-1405009263

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