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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March 2, 2015
Illinois Innocence Project Frees Innocent Man (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Marc Cox
Citation (Popular Media):
The Journal, February 25, 2015
Original URL:
http://uisjournal.com/news/2015/02/25/illinois-innocence-project-frees-innocent-man/
March 2, 2015
Man Wrongfully Convicted of Rape to get $18.5M Payout (General)
Authors:
Reuven Fenton & Natalie O'Neill
Citation (Popular Media):
New York Post, February 26, 2015
Original URL:
http://nypost.com/2015/02/26/man-wrongfully-convicted-of-rape-to-get-18-5m-payout/
March 2, 2015
D.C. To Pay $9.2 Million In Wrongful Conviction (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Spencer S. Hsu
Citation (Popular Media):
Washington Post, February 28, 2015
Original URL:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/crime/judge-orders-dc-to-pay-record-91-million-in-wrongful-conviction-case/2015/02/27/f54edaa6-beea-11e4-8668-4e7ba8439ca6_story.html
March 2, 2015
Louisiana Opposes Pay For Wrongfully Convicted Man (Jailhouse Informants)
Authors:
Vickie Welborn
Citation (Popular Media):
USA Today, February 28. 2015
Original URL:
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2015/02/28/la-fights-pay-man-wrongfully-convicted-murder/24186215/
February 26, 2015
U.S. Appeals Court Orders That Alan Newton Be Paid $18.5 Million for Wrongful Rape Conviction (Police/Prosecutorial Misconduct)
Authors:
Stephen Rex Brown
Citation (Popular Media):
Daily News, February 26, 2015
Original URL:
http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/nyc-crime/court-orders-18-5-million-man-wrongfully-convicted-article-1.2130335
February 26, 2015
La. Fights Pay For Man Wrongfully Convicted of Murder (Jailhouse Informants)
Authors:
Vickie Welborn
Citation (Popular Media):
The Times, February 26, 2015
Original URL:
http://www.shreveporttimes.com/story/news/local/2015/02/25/glenn-ford-compensation-louisiana-new-orleans-murder-caddo-parish-isadore-rozeman-jake-robinson/24039067/
February 12, 2015
Tyrone Hood Freed in Wrongful Conviction Case After Serving 21 Years (General)
Authors:
Evelyn Holmes
Citation (Popular Media):
abc7chicago.com, February 9, 2015
Original URL:
http://abc7chicago.com/news/man-freed-in-wrongful-conviction-case-after-serving-21-years/510487/
February 12, 2015
Dutchess County to Pay Brooklyn Native $7.5 Million For Wrongful Murder Conviction (General)
Authors:
Joseph Berger
Citation (Popular Media):
N.Y. Times, February 11, 2015
Original URL:
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/12/nyregion/dewey-bozella-wrongful-conviction-settlement.html?_r=0
February 12, 2015
Springfield Group Earns Freedom for Wrongly Convicted Man (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Patrick Yeagle
Citation (Popular Media):
Illinois Times, February 11, 2015
Original URL:
http://illinoistimes.com/article-15091-springfield-group-earns-freedom-for-wrongly-convicted-man.html
February 12, 2015
Richland County Man Convicted in Cab Driver's '61 Slaying to Get a New Trial (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
John Monk
Citation (Popular Media):
The State, February 11, 2015
Original URL:
http://www.thestate.com/2015/02/11/3982977/richland-county-man-convicted.html

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