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.

Article titles link to images of each article's first page, when available. The Library provides this service under the "fair use" provision of U.S. copyright law. Only the first page of an article will be scanned, and images will be deleted after two weeks. This service is for non-commercial, educational purposes only.

August 17, 2015
False Confessions: I Did It. I Did It. Not Really. (False Confessions)
Authors:
Peter Korn
Citation (Popular Media):
Portland Tribune, August 13, 2015
Original URL:
http://portlandtribune.com/pt/9-news/269261-143341-false-confessions-i-did-it-i-did-it-not-really
August 17, 2015
Shhhh. County DA to Play Larger Role in Use of Police Informants (Police/Prosecutorial Misconduct)
Authors:
Peter Korn
Citation (Popular Media):
Portland Tribune, August 13, 2015
Original URL:
http://portlandtribune.com/pt/9-news/269262-143339-shhhh-county-da-to-play-larger-role-in-use-of-police-informants
August 17, 2015
When Innocence Is No Defense (General)
Authors:
Julie Seaman
Citation (Popular Media):
N.Y. Times, August 12, 2015
Original URL:
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/12/opinion/when-innocence-is-no-defense.html
August 17, 2015
Appeal in 1989 Rape and Murder by Scott Oliver Denied by Supreme Court (General)
Authors:
Riley Yates
Citation (Popular Media):
Morning Call, August 12, 2015
Original URL:
http://www.mcall.com/news/breaking/mc-easton-scott-oliver-1989-murder-appeal-denied-20150812-story.html
August 17, 2015
Indiana Man Wins $3 Million Wrongful Conviction Settlement (General)
Authors:
Dave Stafford
Citation (Popular Media):
TheIndianaLawyer.com, August 11, 2015
Original URL:
http://www.theindianalawyer.com/indiana-man-wins-3-million-wrongful-conviction-settlement/PARAMS/article/37935
August 13, 2015
I. Beverly Lake's Crusade to Reform NC's Justice System (General)
Authors:
Eli Hager
Citation (Popular Media):
News & Observer, August 10, 2015
Original URL:
http://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/crime/article30635748.html
August 13, 2015
Why Is It So Hard for Wrongfully Convicted Women to Get Justice? (General)
Authors:
Molly Redden
Citation (Popular Media):
Mother Jones, July/August 2015
Original URL:
http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/05/wrongfully-convicted-women-exonerations-innocence-project
August 12, 2015
Stevens Helps Wrongfully Convicted Earn Their Just Due (General)
Authors:
Stan Simpson
Citation (Popular Media):
HartfordBusiness.com, August 10, 2015
Original URL:
http://www.hartfordbusiness.com/article/20150810/PRINTEDITION/308079966/stevens-helps-wrongfully-convicted-earn-their-just-due
August 12, 2015
Long a Holdout, Michigan Considers Compensating Wrongfully Convicted $60K Per Year in Prison (General)
Authors:
David Eggert, Associated Press
Citation (Popular Media):
Newser.com, August 10, 2015
Original URL:
http://www.newser.com/article/1866e9a98f954d279329d38df28220f9/long-a-holdout-michigan-considers-compensating-wrongfully-convicted-60k-per-year-in-prison.html
August 12, 2015
Wrongful Convictions Are a Costly Stain on Society (General)
Authors:
Poughkeepsie Journal Editorial Board
Citation (Popular Media):
Poughkeepsie Journal, August 8, 2015
Original URL:
http://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/story/opinion/editorials/2015/08/08/wrongful-convictions-costly-stain-society/31165217/

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