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
City Council Finalizes $8 Million Settlement Payout to Wrongfully Convicted Man (General)
Authors:
Jarrel Wade
Citation (Popular Media):
Tulsa World, December 11, 2015
Original URL:
http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/government/city-council-finalizes-million-settlement-payout-to-wrongfully-convicted-man/article_d30e4b44-8984-5593-aca6-2caed603ebff.html
December 21, 2015
Guidelines Coming Soon for Delaware Police Interrogations (False Confessions)
Authors:
Jessica Masulli Reyes
Citation (Popular Media):
www.delawareonline.com, December 10, 2015
Original URL:
http://www.delawareonline.com/story/news/local/2015/12/10/guidelines-coming-soon-police-interrogations/77087878/
December 21, 2015
Floyd Bledsoe: Man's Suicide Note Frees His Brother from Prison (General)
Authors:
Jeremy Gray
Citation (Popular Media):
www.al.com, December 10, 2015
Original URL:
http://www.al.com/news/index.ssf/2015/12/mans_suicide_note_frees_his_br.html
December 10, 2015
Wrongly Convicted "Central Park Five" Defendant Makes Gift Renaming CU-Boulder's Innocence Project (General)
Authors:
News Staff
Citation (Popular Media):
www.colorado.edu, December 9, 2015
Original URL:
http://www.colorado.edu/news/features/wrongly-convicted-central-park-five-defendant-makes-gift-renaming-cu-boulders-innocence
December 10, 2015
Court Denies Bid for Records by Man Vying to Overturn Conviction in 1980s Molestation Case (General)
Authors:
Associated Press
Citation (Popular Media):
www.foxnews.com, December 9, 2015
Original URL:
http://www.foxnews.com/us/2015/12/09/court-denies-bid-for-records-by-man-vying-to-overturn-conviction-in-180s/
December 10, 2015
Man Wrongfully Convicted of Waukegan Rape Gets $990,000 Settlement (General)
Authors:
Dan Moran
Citation (Popular Media):
Chicago Tribune, December 8, 2015
Original URL:
http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/lake-county-news-sun/news/ct-lns-waukegan-starks-settlement-st-1209-20151208-story.html
December 10, 2015
DA to Investigate Whether Decades of Unprocessed Evidence Could Exonerate Defendants (General)
Authors:
David Cobb
Citation (Popular Media):
Chattanooga Times Free Press, December 8, 2015
Original URL:
http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/local/story/2015/dec/08/more-decade-unprocessed-evidence-discovered-medical-examiners-office/339508/
December 10, 2015
Dallas County Exoneree on Mission to Find the Truth That Will Set Others Free (General)
Authors:
Jennifer Emily
Citation (Popular Media):
Dallas Morning News, December 7, 2015
Original URL:
http://www.dallasnews.com/news/metro/20151207-exoneree-is-on-mission-to-find-the-truth-that-will-set-others-free.ece
December 10, 2015
Wrongly Convicted "Beatrice 6" to Get New Trial (General)
Authors:
Associated Press
Citation (Popular Media):
www.nbcneb.com, December 7, 2015
Original URL:
http://www.nbcneb.com/home/headlines/Wrongly-Convicted-Beatrice-6-To-Get-New-Trial-360836831.html
December 10, 2015
In Indiana, the Wrongfully Convicted Are on Their Own (General)
Authors:
Kristine Guerra
Citation (Popular Media):
Indianapolis Star, December 7, 2015
Original URL:
http://www.indystar.com/story/news/crime/2015/12/07/indiana-innocent-people-released-prison-get-help/76691972/

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