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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October 15, 2007
Op-Ed, A Solution for HPD Crime Lab (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Scheck, Barry, Ellis, Sen. Rodney, and Whitmire, Sen. John
Citation (Popular Media):
Hous. Chron., October 6, 2007.
Original URL:
http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/editorial/outlook/5192548.html
October 15, 2007
Red Tape Delaying Release (General)
Authors:
McVicker, Steve
Citation (Popular Media):
Hous. Chron., October 5, 2007.
Original URL:
http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/5192948.html
October 15, 2007
Op-Ed, Finally Free, Ronald Taylor Has No Grudges (General)
Authors:
Falkenberg, Lisa
Citation (Popular Media):
Hous. Chron., October 10, 2007.
Original URL:
http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/falkenberg/5204596.html
October 15, 2007
Protecting the Innocent Through Technology (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Connor, Ken
Citation (Popular Media):
Townhall.com, October 7, 2007.
Original URL:
http://www.townhall.com/Columnists/KenConnor/2007/10/07/protecting_the_innocent_through_technology
October 15, 2007
DNA Innocence Testing for Convicts on Back Burner (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Willing, Richard
Citation (Popular Media):
USA Today, October 10, 2007.
Original URL:
http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2007-10-10-DNA_N.htm
October 15, 2007
Exit to Freedom (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Johnson, Calvin C., Jr. and Hampikian, Greg
Citation (Books):
University of Georgia Press, 2003.
October 12, 2007
After the Match: Dealing with the New Era of DNA (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Markey, Jim
Citation (Popular Media):
FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin, October 2007, at 1.
October 11, 2007
Exonerated Convict Visits Houston City Hall to Urge Changes in Justice System (General)
Authors:
Peterson, Liz Austin
Citation (Popular Media):
Austin American-Statesman, October 10, 2007, at B7.
October 10, 2007
Wrongly Convicted Man Finally Free After 14 Years (Eyewitness ID)
Authors:
Khanna, Roma
Citation (Popular Media):
Hous. Chron., October 10, 2007.
Original URL:
http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/5198221.html
October 6, 2007
Forensic Science and Capital Punishment Reform: An "Intellectually Honest" Assessment (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Cooley, Craig M.
Citation (Journal Articles):
17 Geo. Mason U. Civ. Rts. L.J.299 (2007).

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