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.

January 5, 2016
Texan of the Year: The Texas Justice League (General)
Authors:
Editorial Board
Citation (Popular Media):
Dallas Morning News, December 26, 2015
Original URL:
http://interactives.dallasnews.com/2015/texan-of-the-year/
January 5, 2016
Man Once Wrongly Jailed Found Dead in Larimer (General)
Authors:
Bill Schackner
Citation (Popular Media):
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, December 26, 2015
Original URL:
http://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2015/12/26/Thomas-Doswell-set-free-in-2005-after-spending-19-years-in-jail-for-crime-he-didn-t-commit-found-dead-on-Christmas-Day/stories/201512260098
January 5, 2016
10 Years Later, Virginia's Testing of Crime Scene DNA Continues (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Frank Green
Citation (Popular Media):
Richmond Times-Dispatch, December 24, 2015
Original URL:
http://www.richmond.com/news/local/crime/article_fea3b1a1-f4c3-5cd7-aa25-0e941ab8ff01.html
January 5, 2016
Hartford Case Helped Inspire Tax Relief for Wrongfully Convicted (General)
Authors:
Ana Radelat
Citation (Popular Media):
ctmirror.org, December 24, 2015
Original URL:
http://ctmirror.org/2015/12/24/hartford-case-helped-inspire-tax-relief-for-wrongfully-convicted/
January 5, 2016
Messenger: Rauner Joins Nixon in Poor Use of Governor's Most Important Power (General)
Authors:
Tony Messenger
Citation (Popular Media):
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, December 23, 2015
Original URL:
http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/columns/tony-messenger/messenger-rauner-joins-nixon-in-poor-use-of-governor-s/article_00eadc86-90ce-5f0a-a32f-f349be86c76a.html
January 5, 2016
Denver Man Jailed 28 Years Free on Bond After Rape Conviction Tossed (General)
Authors:
Keith Coffman
Citation (Popular Media):
www.reuters.com, December 23, 2015
Original URL:
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-colorado-rape-trial-idUSKBN0U60C820151223
January 5, 2016
Innocence Project: Man "Wrongly Convicted" of Murdering 3 Women in Minneapolis Dies (General)
Authors:
Rachel Chazin
Citation (Popular Media):
www.fox9.com, December 22, 2015
Original URL:
http://www.fox9.com/news/60240477-story
January 5, 2016
2015: A Year to Remember in False Confessions (False Confessions)
Authors:
Steve Drizin
Citation (Popular Media):
www.huffingtonpost.com, December 22, 2015
Original URL:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/steve-drizin/post_10736_b_8857360.html
January 5, 2016
National Expert Says Davis Interrogation Flawed (False Confessions)
Authors:
Courteney Stuart
Citation (Popular Media):
www.newsplex.com, December 22, 2015
Original URL:
http://www.newsplex.com/home/headlines/National-Expert-Says-Davis-Interrogation-Flawed-363304721.html
January 5, 2016
Making Up for 28 Years After Wrongful Murder Conviction (General)
Authors:
Tanya Eiserer
Citation (Popular Media):
www.wfaa.com, December 22, 2015
Original URL:
http://www.wfaa.com/story/news/local/dallas-county/2015/12/22/making-up-28-years-after-wrongful-murder-conviction/77790680/

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