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 21, 2015
Editorial: Kansas Lawmakers Must Develop System to Financially Compensate Exonerees (General)
Authors:
The Capital-Journal
Citation (Popular Media):
Topeka Capital-Journal, December 14, 2015
Original URL:
http://cjonline.com/opinion/2015-12-14/editorial-kansas-lawmakers-must-develop-system-financially-compensate-exonerees
December 21, 2015
Inmate Seeks New Murder Trial in Death of Girl, 12 (Police/Prosecutorial Misconduct)
Authors:
Oralandar Brand-Williams
Citation (Popular Media):
The Detroit News, December 14, 2015
Original URL:
http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/detroit-city/2015/12/14/lamarr-monson-case/77275272/
December 21, 2015
Brooklyn Men Suing Over Wrongful Convictions in 1992 Kidnap (Police/Prosecutorial Misconduct)
Authors:
John Marzulli
Citation (Popular Media):
New York Daily News, December 14, 2015
Original URL:
http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/nyc-crime/brooklyn-men-suing-wrongful-convictions-1992-kidnap-article-1.2465424
December 21, 2015
Group Promotes New Ways to Question Eyewitness to Prevent Wrongful Convictions (Eyewitness ID)
Authors:
Pat Reavy
Citation (Popular Media):
Deseret News, December 13, 2015
Original URL:
http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865643651/Group-promotes-new-ways-to-question-eyewitness-to-prevent-wrongful-convictions.html?pg=all
December 21, 2015
Kansas Has No Law on Payouts for Wrongly Incarcerated Prisoners (General)
Authors:
Jim Suhr
Citation (Popular Media):
Lawrence Journal-World, December 13, 2015
Original URL:
http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2015/dec/13/kansas-has-no-law-payouts-wrongly-incarcerated-pri/
December 21, 2015
Some States Review Flawed Hair-Analysis Convictions -- But So Far, Not Montana (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Jayme Fraser
Citation (Other):
Montana Standard, December 12, 2015
Original URL:
http://mtstandard.com/crime-and-courts/some-states-review-flawed-hair-analysis-convictions-but-so-far/article_078e5c5d-2d97-503f-b9fa-af337aa08585.html
December 21, 2015
Meet Jay Via: One Bad Cop, in One County, Who Did a Whole Lot of Damage (Police/Prosecutorial Misconduct)
Authors:
Radley Balko
Citation (Popular Media):
Washington Post, December 11, 2015
Original URL:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-watch/wp/2015/12/11/meet-jay-via-one-bad-cop-in-one-county-who-did-a-whole-lot-of-damage/
December 21, 2015
Indiana Attorney General Responds to Purvi Patel Appeal, Stands by Conviction (General)
Authors:
Jennifer Chowdhury
Citation (Popular Media):
www.nbcnews.com, December 11, 2015
Original URL:
http://www.nbcnews.com/news/asian-america/indiana-attorney-general-responds-purvi-patel-appeal-stands-conviction-n478566
December 21, 2015
Beach Tells UM Forensic Students They Can Prevent Wrongful Convictions (General)
Authors:
David Erickson
Citation (Popular Media):
Billings Gazette, December 11, 2015
Original URL:
http://billingsgazette.com/news/beach-tells-um-forensic-students-they-can-prevent-wrongful-convictions/article_6b551fbd-3701-5f57-a2ab-37b00a45f5b7.html
December 21, 2015
Alaska Governor Considers Pardons in Fairbanks 4 Case (General)
Authors:
Rachel D'oro (Associated Press)
Citation (Popular Media):
abcNews.go.com, December 11, 2015
Original URL:
http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/alaska-governor-considers-pardons-fairbanks-case-35725333

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