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 6, 2016
Netflix Series "Making a Murderer" Won't Free Steven Avery (General)
Authors:
Nicole Lyn Pesce
Citation (Popular Media):
New York Daily News, January 4, 2016
Original URL:
http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/tv/netflix-series-making-murderer-won-free-steven-avery-article-1.2484750
January 6, 2016
More Than 170,000 Call for Pardon of "Making a Murderer" Subject Steven Avery (General)
Authors:
Yanan Wang
Citation (Popular Media):
Washington Post, January 4, 2016
Original URL:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2016/01/04/more-than-170000-call-for-pardon-of-making-a-murderer-subject-steven-avery/
January 6, 2016
New DA Unit Helps Release a Man from Prison (General)
Authors:
John MacCormack & Michelle Casady
Citation (Popular Media):
San Antonio Express-News, January 2, 2016
Original URL:
http://www.expressnews.com/news/local/article/New-DA-unit-helps-release-a-man-from-prison-6733156.php
January 6, 2016
Autopsy, Confession Questioned in Appeal for Man Convicted in Strangulation (General)
Authors:
Allan Turner
Citation (Popular Media):
Houston Chronicle, December 30, 2015
Original URL:
http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Autopsy-confession-questioned-in-appeal-for-man-6728438.php
January 6, 2016
"Who Are You Going to Tell?" - Floyd Bledsoe , Wrongfully Convicted of Murder, Discusses Pain of Prison, Journey to Forgiveness (General)
Authors:
Karen Dillon
Citation (Popular Media):
Lawrence Journal-World, December 30, 2015
Original URL:
http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2015/dec/30/floyd-bledsoe-interview/
January 6, 2016
Feds to Help Waukegan Police Repair Strained Relations with Community (Police/Prosecutorial Misconduct)
Authors:
Dan Hinkel
Citation (Popular Media):
Chicago Tribune, December 29, 2015
Original URL:
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/watchdog/ct-waukegan-police-federal-intervention-met-20151229-story.html
January 6, 2016
Wrongly Convicted, Danbury Army Vet Fights Back (General)
Authors:
Nelson Oliveira
Citation (Popular Media):
Danbury News-Times, December 29, 2015
Original URL:
http://www.newstimes.com/news/article/Wrongly-convicted-Danbury-Army-vet-fights-back-6725795.php
January 5, 2016
Fred Grimm: Public Gets Glimpse Into Workings of Snitch Justice (Jailhouse Informants)
Authors:
Fred Grimm
Citation (Popular Media):
Miami Herald, December 28, 2015
Original URL:
http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/fred-grimm/article51867750.html
January 5, 2016
The Guilty Have a Better Chance for Parole or Pardon Than the Innocent (General)
Authors:
Judge H. Lee Sarokin
Citation (Popular Media):
www.huffingtonpost.com, December 28, 2015
Original URL:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/judge-h-lee-sarokin/the-guilty-have-a-better-_b_8885290.html
January 5, 2016
Resh-Gondor Case Reaches Ohio Court of Claims for Wrongful Imprisonment Damages in 1988 Slaying. Monetary Damages Could Be in the Millions (General)
Authors:
Ed Meyer
Citation (Popular Media):
Akron Beacon Journal, December 27, 2015
Original URL:
http://www.ohio.com/news/local/resh-gondor-case-reaches-ohio-court-of-claims-for-wrongful-imprisonment-damages-in-1988-slaying-monetary-damages-could-be-in-the-millions-1.650303

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