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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August 10, 2015
Family of Wrongfully Convicted Late Harlem Man Sues NYC (Police/Prosecutorial Misconduct)
Authors:
Carter Coudriet, Corky Siemaszko
Citation (Popular Media):
New York Daily News, August 6, 2015
Original URL:
http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/family-wrongfully-convicted-late-harlem-man-sues-nyc-article-1.2316568
August 10, 2015
Wrongfully Convicted Brooklyn Man Files Lawsuit Against NYC (Police/Prosecutorial Misconduct)
Authors:
Christina Carrega-Woodby
Citation (Popular Media):
New York Daily News, August 5, 2015
Original URL:
http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/brooklyn/wrongfully-convicted-brooklyn-man-files-lawsuit-nyc-article-1.2315841
August 5, 2015
28 Years Later: Denver D.A. Tries to Quash Facts in Apparent Wrongful Conviction Case (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Susan Greene
Citation (Popular Media):
Colorado Independent
Original URL:
http://www.coloradoindependent.com/154722/28-years-later-denver-d-a-tries-to-quash-facts-in-apparent-wrongful-conviction-case
August 5, 2015
Court: Relatives of 4 People Wrongfully Convicted in Wilmington 10 Can't Be Compensated (Police/Prosecutorial Misconduct)
Authors:
Associated Press
Citation (Popular Media):
Daily Journal, August 4, 2015
Original URL:
http://www.dailyjournal.net/view/story/bc996d957fe1491c8ceeee0e73fe440e/NC--Wilmington-10-Compensation
August 5, 2015
Of the Pardoned Wilmington 10, Only Six Get Compensation (Police/Prosecutorial Misconduct)
Authors:
Sharon McCloskey
Citation (Popular Media):
Progressive Pulse, August 4, 2015
Original URL:
http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2015/08/04/of-the-pardoned-wilmington-10-only-six-will-get-compensation/
August 5, 2015
Another Exoneration in Brooklyn Brings Total Since Last Year to 14 (General)
Authors:
Colleen Wright
Citation (Popular Media):
N.Y. Times, August 4, 2015
Original URL:
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/05/nyregion/another-exoneration-in-brooklyn-brings-total-since-last-year-to-14.html?_r=0
August 5, 2015
Wrongly Imprisoned Deserve Better from Wisconsin (General)
Authors:
Gannett Central Wisconsin Media Editorial Board
Citation (Popular Media):
Wausaudailyherald.com, July 30, 2015
Original URL:
http://www.wausaudailyherald.com/story/opinion/editorials/2015/07/30/wrongly-imprisoned-deserve-better-wisconsin/30892427/
July 29, 2015
The Staggering Number of Wrongful Convictions in America (General)
Authors:
Samuel R. Gross
Citation (Popular Media):
Washington Post, July 24, 2015
Original URL:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-cost-of-convicting-the-innocent/2015/07/24/260fc3a2-1aae-11e5-93b7-5eddc056ad8a_story.html
July 29, 2015
Judge Grants New Trial for Haitian-Born Man Convicted of 1989 Sexual Battery in Orlando (General)
Authors:
Elyssa Cherney
Citation (Popular Media):
Orlando Sentinel
Original URL:
http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/breaking-news/os-jules-letemps-new-trial-sex-battery-20150727-story.html
July 29, 2015
New Review Panel for OC Innocence Claims (General)
Authors:
Heather Yankin
Citation (Popular Media):
recordonline.com, July 28, 2015
Original URL:
http://www.recordonline.com/article/20150728/NEWS/150729387

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