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 5, 2016
Gov. Terry McAuliffe Pardons Roanoke's Davey Reedy (General)
Authors:
Laurence Hammack
Citation (Popular Media):
Roanoke Times, December 22, 2015
Original URL:
http://www.roanoke.com/news/crime/roanoke/gov-terry-mcauliffe-pardons-roanoke-s-davey-reedy-who-served/article_39e4c36b-d990-557a-9201-74dbbd8f2b3e.html
January 5, 2016
Compensation Next Hurdle for the Fairbanks Four (General)
Authors:
Matt Buxton
Citation (Popular Media):
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, December 22, 2015
Original URL:
http://www.newsminer.com/fairbanks_four/compensation-next-hurdle-for-the-fairbanks-four/article_c4a19e8c-a951-11e5-a66f-03671a98b61f.html
January 5, 2016
Daniel Villegas Sues City, Police for Wrongful Conviction (General)
Authors:
Genevieve K. Curtis
Citation (Popular Media):
www.kfoxtv.com, December 22, 2015
Original URL:
http://www.kfoxtv.com/news/features/top-stories/stories/Daniel-Villegas-sues-city-police-for-wrongful-conviction-244649.shtml#.VowUksYrK70
January 5, 2016
State Awards Wrongfully Imprisoned Man $170,000; 13 Years After Case Dismissed (General)
Authors:
Alaine Griffin
Citation (Popular Media):
Hartford Courant, December 22, 2015
Original URL:
http://www.courant.com/news/connecticut/hc-wrongfully-imprisoned-20151222-story.html
January 5, 2016
KU Law's Project for Innocence Frees Man Wrongfully Convicted of Murder (General)
Authors:
N/A
Citation (Popular Media):
law.ku.edu, December 21, 2015
Original URL:
http://law.ku.edu/news/ku-laws-project-innocence-frees-man-wrongfully-convicted-murder
January 4, 2016
Eyewitness Accuracy Rises with Confidence (Eyewitness ID)
Authors:
Bradley J. Fikes
Citation (Popular Media):
San Diego Union-Tribune, December 21, 2015
Original URL:
http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/2015/dec/21/eyewitness-accuracy-police-lineups/
January 4, 2016
"We Had No Way of Knowing What 'Right Back' Would Really Mean." (General)
Authors:
Susan Greene
Citation (Popular Media):
www.coloradoindependent.com, December 21, 2015
Original URL:
http://www.coloradoindependent.com/156753/clarence-moses-el-son-anthony-burke-family-innocence
January 4, 2016
New Law Says Money for Wrongful Convictions is Tax Free (General)
Authors:
Robert W. Wood
Citation (Popular Media):
www.forbes.com, December 21, 2015
Original URL:
http://www.forbes.com/sites/robertwood/2015/12/21/new-law-says-money-for-wrongful-convictions-is-tax-free/
January 4, 2016
"I Think This is the Guy" - The Complicated Confidence of Eyewitness Memory (Eyewitness ID)
Authors:
Kevin Murnane
Citation (Popular Media):
arstechnica.com, December 21, 2015
Original URL:
http://arstechnica.com/science/2015/12/i-think-this-is-the-guy-the-complicated-confidence-of-eyewitness-memory/
January 4, 2016
Stolen Freedom: Innocent and Wrongfully Convicted, Keith Cooper Still Waits for a Pardon (General)
Authors:
Kristine Guerra
Citation (Popular Media):
Indianapolis Star, December 21, 2015
Original URL:
http://www.indystar.com/story/news/crime/2015/12/20/stolen-freedom-innocent-and-wrongfully-convicted-keith-cooper-still-waits-pardon/77427104/

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