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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April 24, 2014
Wrongly Convicted Brooklyn Man Sues State for $25 Million After Service 24 Years in Prison (General)
Citation (Popular Media):
CBS New York, April 14, 2014
Original URL:
http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2014/04/14/wrongly-convicted-brooklyn-man-sues-state-for-25-million-after-serving-24-years-in-prison/
April 24, 2014
File Cabinet Takes Center State in Wrongful Conviction Case (General)
Authors:
Jason Meisner
Citation (Popular Media):
Chicago Tribune, April 22, 2014
Original URL:
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-file-cabinet-takes-center-stage-in-wrongful-conviction-case-20140422,0,689506.story
April 21, 2014
Harding's Charge: Albermarle County Sheriff Takes Aim At Wrongful Convictions (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Lisa Provence
Citation (Popular Media):
C-Ville, April 16, 2014
Original URL:
http://www.c-ville.com/hardings-charge-albemarle-county-sheriff-takes-aim-at-wrongful-convictions/
April 21, 2014
Federal Jury Awards $18M each to 2 Men in Wrongful Conviction Case (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Martha Neil
Citation (Popular Media):
ABA Journal, April 17, 2014
Original URL:
http://www.abajournal.com/news/article/federal_jury_awards_18m_each_to_2_men_in_wrongful_conviction_case/
April 21, 2014
Judge Rules That Texas Inmate Still Behind Bars 34 Years After His Conviction Was Overturned is at Fault Because He Never Asked for a New Trial (General)
Authors:
Peter Rugg
Citation (Popular Media):
Daily Mail Online, April 19, 2014
Original URL:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2608428/Judge-rules-Texas-inmate-bars-34-years-conviction-overturned-fault-NEVER-asked-new-trial.html
April 21, 2014
Two Long Island Men Get $18 Million in Wrongful Conviction Lawsuit (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Albert Samaha
Citation (Popular Media):
The Village Voice, April 18, 2014
Original URL:
http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/2014/04/john_restivo_dennis_halstead_18_million_wrongful_conviction_suit_long_island.php
April 11, 2014
Man Wrongfully Imprisoned for 1986 Murder in Wallingford Files Compensation Claim (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Andrew Ragali
Citation (Popular Media):
myrecordjournal.com, April 4, 2014
Original URL:
http://www.myrecordjournal.com/wallingford/wallingfordnews/4114950-129/man-wrongfully-imprisoned-for-1986-murder-in-wallingford-files-compensation.html
April 11, 2014
Research Examines Wrongful Convictions (General)
Authors:
Cassie Bartlett
Citation (Popular Media):
SDPB.org, April 4, 2014
Original URL:
http://listen.sdpb.org/post/research-examines-wrongful-convictions
April 10, 2014
Brooklyn Tops Nation Chart For Wrongful Convictions (General)
Authors:
Charisma L. Miller
Citation (Popular Media):
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Original URL:
http://www.brooklyneagle.com/node/10893%20
April 10, 2014
Men Who Say They Were Wrongfully Convicted In New York Demand Swifter Review of Their Cases (General)
Authors:
Tom Hays
Citation (Popular Media):
The Republic, April 9, 2014
Original URL:
http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/7377c5fde2d7477f83c6f1c42d6991e8/US--Wrongful-Conviction-Review

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