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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June 29, 2015
Payday for Football Star and Other Wrongly Convicted Californias (General)
Authors:
Phil Willon and Patrick McGreevy
Citation (Popular Media):
L.A. Times, June 17, 2015
Original URL:
http://www.latimes.com/local/political/la-me-ln-wrongly-convicted-californians-20150617-story.html
June 29, 2015
Joel Freedman: A wrongly Convicted Prisoner's Story is a Lesson in Perseverance (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Joel Freedman
Citation (Popular Media):
Penfield Post, June 19, 2015
Original URL:
http://www.penfieldpost.com/article/20150619/OPINION/150629994
June 29, 2015
Justice Eludes Wrongfully Convicted Man Freed from Prison (General)
Authors:
Yamiche Alcindor
Citation (Popular Media):
USA Today, June 21, 2015
Original URL:
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2015/06/21/wrongfully-convicted-man-still-waiting--for-justice/26122547/
June 29, 2015
Wrongly Convicted of Rape and Murder, Jeff Deskovic Fights Back (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Lenore Skenazy
Citation (Popular Media):
The Brooklyn Paper, June 21, 2015
Original URL:
http://www.brooklynpaper.com/stories/38/25/all-rhymes-with-crazy-jeff-deskovic-2015-06-19-bp.html
June 29, 2015
An Anonymous Phone Call, New X-Ray Evidence and a Fresh Try at Freedom for Convicted Child Killer (General)
Authors:
Ruth Fuller
Citation (Popular Media):
Chicago Sun-Times, June 23, 2015
Original URL:
http://chicago.suntimes.com/crime/7/71/714245/anonymous-phone-call-new-x-ray-evidence-fresh-try-freedom
June 29, 2015
New York City Settles Wrongful Conviction Case in Brooklyn for $6.25 Million (General)
Authors:
Stephanie Clifford
Citation (Popular Media):
N.Y. Times, June 23, 2015
Original URL:
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/24/nyregion/brooklyn-wrongful-conviction-case-settled.html?_r=0
June 17, 2015
What is a Lost Year Worth? Michigan Bill Would Pay Wrongfully Convicted 60K Per Prison Year (General)
Authors:
Jonathan Oosting
Citation (Popular Media):
mlive.com, June 17, 2015
Original URL:
http://www.mlive.com/lansing-news/index.ssf/2015/06/what_is_a_lost_year_worth_mich.html
June 17, 2015
House Bill to Help Wrongly Convicted Passes Unanimously (General)
Authors:
Kathleen Gray
Citation (Popular Media):
Detroit Free Press, June 16, 2015
Original URL:
http://www.freep.com/story/news/politics/2015/06/16/wrongly-convicted-michigan-house/28809761/
June 17, 2015
Former Burleson, Washington County DA Disbarred for Wrongful Death Row Conviction (Police/Prosecutorial Misconduct)
Authors:
Terri Langford
Citation (Popular Media):
kbtx.com, June 12, 2015
Original URL:
http://www.kbtx.com/home/headlines/Former-BurlesonWashington-County-DA-Disbarred-for-Wrongful-Death-Row-Conviction-307148141.html
June 17, 2015
Prosecutor Says Grand Rapids Man Wrongly Convicted of Rape (General)
Authors:
Associated Press
Citation (Popular Media):
upnorthlive.com, June 13, 2015
Original URL:
http://www.upnorthlive.com/news/story.aspx?id=1217204#.VYHoa_lVhBc

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