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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December 5, 2013
US POlice Chiefs to Call for Changes to Reduce Wrongful Convictions (General)
Citation (Popular Media):
630wpro.com, December 4, 2013
Original URL:
http://www.630wpro.com/common/more.php?m=58&ts=1386116402&article=546D52D15C1711E3B51EFEFDADE6840A&mode=2
December 5, 2013
Advocacy Group Against Wrongful Convictions, A Just Cause, Provides Inside On Pro Se Litigation in the Federal Case of the IRP6 (General)
Citation (Popular Media):
Digital Journal, December 3, 2013
Original URL:
http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/1621349
December 5, 2013
Justice Department Seeks to End Wrongful Convictions (General)
Authors:
Bryan Lowry
Citation (Popular Media):
USA Today, December 3, 2013
Original URL:
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2013/12/03/justice-department-wrongful-convictions/3862631/
December 5, 2013
Report Recommends Ways to Reduce Wrongful Convictions (General)
Authors:
Katie Rucke
Citation (Popular Media):
MintPress News, December 4, 2013
Original URL:
http://www.mintpressnews.com/report-recommends-ways-to-reduce-wrongful-convictions/174199/
December 5, 2013
Man Wrongly Convicted in Wife's Murder Speaks Out (General)
Citation (Popular Media):
News10.net, December 4, 2013
Original URL:
http://www.news10.net/video/default.aspx?bctid=2892972156001&odyssey=mod%7Cnewswell%7Ctext%7CFRONTPAGE%7Cfeatured
December 5, 2013
Free at Last: Five Headline-Making Exonerations (General)
Authors:
CNN Staff
Citation (Popular Media):
CNN.com, December 5, 2013
Original URL:
http://www.cnn.com/2013/12/05/justice/five-convicted-prisoners-exonerated/
December 3, 2013
Police Chiefs Lead Effort to Prevent Wrongful Convictions By Altering Investigative Practices (General)
Authors:
Spencer S. Hsu
Citation (Popular Media):
Washington Post, December 2, 2013
Original URL:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/crime/police-chiefs-urge-changes-to-photo-lineups-other-tools-to-prevent-wrongful-convictions/2013/12/02/5d8e9af2-5b69-11e3-bf7e-f567ee61ae21_story.html
December 3, 2013
National Exoneration Registry Tracks Wrongfully Convicted Inmates (General)
Authors:
Casey Smith
Citation (Popular Media):
Tulsa World, December 2, 2013
Original URL:
http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/local/national-exoneration-registry-tracks-wrongfully-convicted-inmates/article_917ef72f-7d42-568d-8a1d-37bab990322c.html
December 3, 2013
How Two Teens May Have Been Wrongly Convicted For Crown Heights Murder (Police/Prosecutorial Misconduct)
Authors:
Rebecca Fishbein
Citation (Popular Media):
Gothamist, December 2, 2013
Original URL:
http://gothamist.com/2013/12/02/crown_heights_murder.php
November 25, 2013
When Lies Lead to Wrongful Convictions (False Confessions)
Authors:
Mario Koran
Citation (Popular Media):
Cap Times, November 24, 2013
Original URL:
http://host.madison.com/ct/news/local/crime_and_courts/when-lies-lead-to-wrongful-convictions/article_038434d8-548c-11e3-b64a-001a4bcf887a.html

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