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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January 24, 2016
Inmates Seeking Documents Can Hit Snags at Bronx DA's Office (General)
Authors:
Stan Johnson, Brianna Lorenzana, Cristyn Mingo, Arlenis Pena, Rickie Quansah, Kayla Ray, Adaury Rodriguez, and Nickie Uwoghiren
Citation (Popular Media):
citylimits.org, January 21, 2016
Original URL:
http://citylimits.org/2016/01/21/inmates-seeking-documents-can-hit-snags-at-bronx-das-office/
January 24, 2016
Wrongfully Jailed Man Doesn't Live Long Enough to Get $4.2 Million Settlement (General)
Authors:
Shawn Cohen & Daniel Prendergast
Citation (Popular Media):
New York Post, January 20, 2016
Original URL:
http://nypost.com/2016/01/20/wrongfully-jailed-man-doesnt-live-long-enough-to-get-4-2-million-settlement/
January 24, 2016
L.A. to Pay Total of $24 Million to Two Freed Men After Wrongful Convictions (Police/Prosecutorial Misconduct)
Authors:
Emily Alpert Reyes & Matt Lait
Citation (Popular Media):
Los Angeles Times, January 19, 2016
Original URL:
http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-wrongful-convictions-20160119-story.html
January 24, 2016
Stolen Freedom: Officials Falsified Evidence to Convict Mother in Son's Death, Suit Says (Police/Prosecutorial Misconduct)
Authors:
Kristine Guerra
Citation (Popular Media):
Indianapolis Star, January 19, 2016
Original URL:
http://www.indystar.com/story/news/crime/2016/01/19/stolen-freedom-officials-falsified-evidence-convict-mother-sons-death-suit-says/78624536/
January 24, 2016
After 27 Years, Dennis Dechaine's Supporters Still Trying for New Trial (General)
Authors:
Matt Byrne
Citation (Popular Media):
Portland Press Herald, January 17, 2016
Original URL:
http://www.pressherald.com/2016/01/17/even-27-years-later-dechaine-supporters-try-for-new-trial/
January 24, 2016
Bill Inspired by Floyd Bledsoe Case Would Allow for Wrongful Conviction Compensation (General)
Authors:
Justin Wingerter
Citation (Popular Media):
Topeka Capital-Journal, January 16, 2016
Original URL:
http://cjonline.com/news/2016-01-16/bill-inspired-floyd-bledsoe-case-would-allow-wrongful-conviction-compensation
January 21, 2016
4 New Haven Men Get $4.2 Million Each for Wrongful Conviction (General)
Authors:
Shahid Abdul-Karim
Citation (Popular Media):
New Haven Register, January 15, 2016
Original URL:
http://www.nhregister.com/general-news/20160115/4-new-haven-men-get-42-million-each-for-wrongful-conviction
January 21, 2016
NC Bar Admonishes Innocence Advocate Christine Mumma (General)
Authors:
Anne Blythe
Citation (Popular Media):
Charlotte Observer, January 14, 2016
Original URL:
http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/crime/article54743530.html
January 21, 2016
Bill Would Up Wrongful Conviction Payouts (General)
Authors:
Bryna Godar, Associated Press
Citation (Popular Media):
Herald Times Reporter, January 13, 2016
Original URL:
http://www.htrnews.com/story/news/local/steven-avery/2016/01/13/bill-would-up-wrongful-conviction-payout/78768798/
January 21, 2016
The Fairbanks Four's Brutal Fight for Freedom (Police/Prosecutorial Misconduct)
Authors:
Josh Saul
Citation (Popular Media):
www.newsweek.com, January 12, 2016
Original URL:
http://www.newsweek.com/2016/01/22/alaska-fairbanks-four-and-how-murder-convictions-end-414201.html

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