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 9, 2014
State Considers New Approach to Uncovering Wrongful Convictions (General)
Authors:
Christian Nolan
Citation (Popular Media):
Connecticut Law Tribune, July 8, 2014
Original URL:
http://www.ctlawtribune.com/home/id=1202661932301/State-Considers-New-Approach-to-Uncovering-Wrongful-Convictions?mcode=1202617073650&curindex=3&slreturn=20140609174857
July 9, 2014
Wrongful Conviction Lawsuit Filed Against Mass. (General)
Authors:
Kara Walsh
Citation (Other):
wwlp.com, July 8, 2014
Original URL:
http://wwlp.com/2014/07/08/wrongful-conviction-lawsuit-filed-against-mass/
July 2, 2014
Judge Dismisses Culpeper Wrongful Conviction Suit (Police/Prosecutorial Misconduct)
Authors:
Associated Press
Citation (Popular Media):
WSET.com, July 2, 2014
Original URL:
http://www.wset.com/story/25924201/judge-dismisses-culpeper-wrongful-conviction-suit
July 2, 2014
Legal Wrestling Continues in Damon Thibodeaux's Request for Wrongful Conviction Payout (False Confessions)
Authors:
Paul Purpura
Citation (Popular Media):
NOLA.com, June 30, 2014
Original URL:
http://www.nola.com/crime/index.ssf/2014/06/legal_wrestling_continues_in_d.html
July 2, 2014
Senate Approves Restitution in Wrongful Conviction (General)
Citation (Popular Media):
SF Gate, June 30, 2014
Original URL:
http://www.sfgate.com/news/crime/article/Senate-approves-restitution-in-wrongful-conviction-5591182.php
June 30, 2014
Dallas Targets Wrongful Convictions and Revolution Starts to Spread (General)
Authors:
Elizabeth Barber
Citation (Popular Media):
Christian Science Monitor, May 25, 2014
Original URL:
http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Justice/2014/0525/Dallas-targets-wrongful-convictions-and-revolution-starts-to-spread
June 30, 2014
Legislation Would Help Avoid Wrongful Convictions (General)
Citation (Popular Media):
Lohud.com, June 8, 2014
Original URL:
http://www.lohud.com/story/opinion/editorials/2014/06/08/new-york-false-confessions-misidentifications/10191481/
June 30, 2014
Prosecutors Revising Convictions (General)
Authors:
Jennifer Peltz
Citation (Popular Media):
Durango Herald
Original URL:
http://durangoherald.com/article/20140607/NEWS03/140609619/-1/s
June 30, 2014
Legislature Ignores Shameful Reality, Refuses to Act on Wrongful Convictionns (Police/Prosecutorial Misconduct)
Citation (Popular Media):
Buffalo News, June 30, 2014
Original URL:
http://www.buffalonews.com/opinion/buffalo-news-editorials/legislature-ignores-shameful-reality-refuses-to-act-on-wrongful-convictions-20140630
June 30, 2014
DNA Drives Wrongful Conviction Play in North Chicago Murder (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Frank Abderholden
Citation (Popular Media):
Lake County News-Sun, June 11, 2014
Original URL:
http://newssun.suntimes.com/news/28013289-418/dna-drives-wrongful-conviction-play-in-north-chicago-murder.html

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