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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December 22, 2015
Innocent Prisoners in Same Cell Forge Friendship, and Freedom (General)
Authors:
Steve Mills
Citation (Popular Media):
Chicago Tribune, December 19, 2015
Original URL:
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-innocent-cellmates-met-1220-20151218-story.html
December 22, 2015
Now That They're Free, Will the Fairbanks Four Get Their PFDs? (General)
Authors:
Daniella Rivera
Citation (Popular Media):
www.ktva.com, December 18, 2015
Original URL:
http://www.ktva.com/now-that-theyre-free-will-the-fairbanks-four-get-their-pfds/
December 22, 2015
Wrongly Convicted? DNA Evidence Could Exonerate William Virgil (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Zachary Rogers
Citation (Popular Media):
local12.com, December 18, 2015
Original URL:
http://local12.com/news/local/wrongly-convicted-dna-evidence-could-exonerate-william-virgil
December 22, 2015
Governor's Budget Plan Has $1.1 Million for Wrongfully Imprisoned Man (General)
Authors:
Frank Green
Citation (Popular Media):
Richmond Times-Dispatch, December 18, 2015
Original URL:
http://www.richmond.com/news/article_eae20ecf-a3f4-5a1b-80a5-9e24d2492a6c.html
December 22, 2015
New Trial Ordered for Denver Man Who Says He Was Wrongfully Convicted of Rape (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
John Ingold & Elizabeth Hernandez
Citation (Popular Media):
Denver Post, December 16, 2015
Original URL:
http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_29263382/new-trial-ordered-denver-man-who-says-he
December 22, 2015
Brooklyn Prosecutors Revisit 3 Convictions in Fatal 1980 Fire (General)
Authors:
Stephanie Clifford
Citation (Popular Media):
New York Times, December 16, 2015
Original URL:
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/16/nyregion/brooklyn-prosecutors-revisit-3-convictions-in-fatal-1980-fire.html
December 22, 2015
Investigator | Exclusive: Elkins Free 10 Years Later (General)
Authors:
Phil Trexler & Tom Meyer
Citation (Popular Media):
www.wkyc.com, December 16, 2015
Original URL:
http://www.wkyc.com/story/news/investigations/2015/12/15/investigator-exclusive-elkins-free-10-years-later/77364296/
December 22, 2015
Lawmakers Look to Increase Compensation for Wrongful Convictions (General)
Authors:
Gilman Halsted
Citation (Popular Media):
www.wpr.org, December 15, 2015
Original URL:
http://www.wpr.org/lawmakers-look-increase-compensation-wrongful-convictions
December 22, 2015
Group Questioning Conviction of Penny Brummer in 1994 of Death of Sarah Gonstead (General)
Authors:
Matt Cash
Citation (Popular Media):
www.wkow.com, December 15, 2015
Original URL:
http://www.wkow.com/story/30760337/2015/12/15/group-questioning-conviction-of-penny-brummer-in-1994-death-of-sarah-gonstead
December 21, 2015
Joseph Allen is Lucky He Could Afford a Lawyer to Prove His Innocence: Emily Maw (General)
Authors:
Emily Maw
Citation (Popular Media):
Times-Picayune, December 15, 2015
Original URL:
http://www.nola.com/crime/index.ssf/2015/12/joseph_allen_innocence.html

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