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 23, 2015
Wrongful Conviction Leads to Record $20 Million Settlement (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Esther Castillejo
Citation (Popular Media):
Chicago Sun Times, March 20, 2015
Original URL:
http://chicago.suntimes.com/news-chicago/7/71/457805/wrongful-conviction-record-20-million-settlement
March 23, 2015
Chile Bye: Black Man Wrongfully Convicted Only Gets $2 Million, Served 40 Years (General)
Authors:
Yvette Caslin
Citation (Popular Media):
Controlling, March 22, 2015
Original URL:
http://rollingout.com/news/black-man-wrongfully-convicted-gets-2-million-payment-served-40-years/
March 23, 2015
3rd Man Claims Wrongful Conviction in Killing of Rockford Boy DeMarcus Hansom (Police/Prosecutorial Misconduct)
Authors:
Jeff Kolkey
Citation (Popular Media):
rrstar.com, March 19, 2015
Original URL:
http://www.rrstar.com/article/20150319/NEWS/150319283
March 23, 2015
Juan Rivera Wins Largest Wrongful Conviction Settlement in U.S. History (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Paul Meincke
Citation (Popular Media):
abc7chicago.com, March 20, 2015
Original URL:
http://abc7chicago.com/news/man-wins-largest-wrongful-conviction-settlement-in-us-history/566716/
March 23, 2015
Wrongly Convicted Ohio Man to Get $1 Million (General)
Authors:
Mark GIllispie
Citation (Popular Media):
Columbus Dispatch, March 20, 2015
Original URL:
http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2015/03/20/wrongly-convicted-man-to-get-1m.html
March 19, 2015
Angel Gonzles, Illinois Man Exonerated in 1994 Rape, Goes Free (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Suzanne Gamboa
Citation (Popular Media):
NBCnews.com, March 11, 2015
Original URL:
http://www.nbcnews.com/news/latino/man-exonerated-1994-rape-cleared-release-n321061
March 19, 2015
After 30 Years on Death Row, Wrongfully-Convicted Man Fights State for Money (General)
Authors:
Mike Perlstein
Citation (Popular Media):
http://www.wwltv.com/longform/news/local/investigations/mike-perlstein/2015/03/12/glenn-ford-death-sentence-angola/70245408/
Original URL:
http://www.wwltv.com/longform/news/local/investigations/mike-perlstein/2015/03/12/glenn-ford-death-sentence-angola/70245408/
March 19, 2015
Jefferson Parrish Man Wins Deal for Wrongful Conviction But is Once Again a Suspect in Fatal Stabbing Case (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Jim Mustian
Citation (Popular Media):
New Orleans Advocate
Original URL:
http://www.theneworleansadvocate.com/news/11812401-171/jefferson-man-wins-deal-for
March 19, 2015
Reginald Adams, Wrongfully Convicted of Murder, Cleared for State Compensation. (Police/Prosecutorial Misconduct)
Authors:
Jonathan Bullington
Citation (Popular Media):
The Times-Picayune, March 17, 2015
Original URL:
http://www.nola.com/crime/index.ssf/2015/03/reginald_adams_wrongfully_conv.html
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/

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