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 5, 2015
Re-Trial Starting for Man Convicted in '82 Murder (General)
Authors:
Perry Russom & Kelly Sullivan
Citation (Popular Media):
wpri.com, February 5, 2015
Original URL:
http://wpri.com/2015/02/05/re-trial-starting-for-man-convicted-in-82-murder/
February 4, 2015
Death Row Inmate Jermain Wright Released After 23 Years (General)
Citation (Popular Media):
Inquisitr, February 2, 2015
Original URL:
http://www.inquisitr.com/1809103/death-row-inmate-jermaine-wright-released-after-23-years/
February 4, 2015
DNA Testing Frees Man 36 Years Later (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Kara LoRe
Citation (Popular Media):
The Stylus, February 3, 2015
Original URL:
http://www.thestylus.net/news/view.php/859495/DNA-testing-frees-man-36-years-later
February 4, 2015
Detroit City Council Will Consider $2.5 Million Settlement For Wrongful Conviction of Walter Swift (General)
Authors:
Ryan Felton
Citation (Popular Media):
Metrotimes.com, February 3, 2015
Original URL:
http://www.metrotimes.com/Blogs/archives/2015/02/03/detroit-city-council-will-consider-25-million-settlement-for-wrongful-conviction-of-walter-swift
February 4, 2015
Free After 42 Years, Man Blames Tucson (General)
Authors:
Tim Hull
Citation (Popular Media):
Courthouse News Service
Original URL:
http://www.courthousenews.com/2015/02/04/free-after-42-years-man-blames-tucson.htm
February 4, 2015
Man Sues City After Being Wrongfully Imprisoned for 21 Years (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Selim Algar
Citation (Popular Media):
New York Post, February 3, 2015
Original URL:
http://nypost.com/2015/02/03/man-sues-city-after-being-wrongfully-imprisoned-for-21-years/
February 4, 2015
Wrongly Convicted Man Sues New York City (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Frances Burns
Citation (Popular Media):
UPI.com, February 4, 2015
Original URL:
http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2015/02/04/Wrongly-convicted-man-sues-New-York-City/9261423067590/
February 4, 2015
Judge Tosses Murder Conviction Linked to NYC Ex-Detective (Police/Prosecutorial Misconduct)
Authors:
Tom Hays
Citation (Popular Media):
Oneida Daily Dispatch, January 10, 2015
Original URL:
http://www.oneidadispatch.com/general-news/20150110/judge-tosses-murder-conviction-linked-to-nyc-ex-detective
February 2, 2015
Kenneth Ireland Awarded $6 Million After 21 Years in Prison for Wrongful Conviction (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Samantha Schoenfeld & Lauren Victory
Citation (Popular Media):
Foxct.com, January 29, 2015
Original URL:
http://foxct.com/2015/01/29/kenneth-ireland-awarded-6-million-after-21-years-in-prison-for-wrongful-conviction/
February 2, 2015
Brooklyn DA Expanding Wrongful Conviction Reviews Beyond Murder Cases (General)
Authors:
Chelsia Rose Marcius & Bill Hutchinson
Citation (Popular Media):
Daily News, January 29, 2015
Original URL:
http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/nyc-crime/brooklyn-da-expand-wrongful-conviction-reviews-article-1.2095966

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