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 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
June 17, 2015
Jury Awards $1M to Man Wrongly Convicted of Woman's Killing (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Associated Press
Citation (Popular Media):
nbc15.com, June 12, 2015
Original URL:
http://www.nbc15.com/home/headlines/Jury-awards-1M-to-man-wrongly-convicted-of-womans-killing-307115551.html
June 10, 2015
Alabama Death Row Inmate Not Wrongly Convicted, Luther Strange Argues (General)
Authors:
Kelsey Stein
Citation (Popular Media):
Al.com, June 8, 2015
Original URL:
http://www.al.com/news/birmingham/index.ssf/2015/06/alabama_death_row_inmate_not_w.html
June 10, 2015
California Lawmakers Approve $968,700 in Claims for Wrongful Convictions (General)
Authors:
Phil Willon and Patrick McGreevy
Citation (Popular Media):
Reading Eagle, June 8, 2015
Original URL:
http://readingeagle.com/ap/article/california-lawmakers-approve-968700-in-claims-for-wrongful-convictions
June 10, 2015
Judge Says Man Can Amend Lawsuit for Wrongful Conviction (General)
Authors:
Associated Press
Citation (Popular Media):
ktvn.com, June 9, 2015
Original URL:
http://www.ktvn.com/story/29276129/judge-says-man-can-amend-lawsuit-for-wrongful-conviction
June 10, 2015
An Innocent Man on Death Row in Arizona - First of a Series (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Doug McMurdo
Citation (Popular Media):
Daily Miner, June 7, 2015
Original URL:
http://kdminer.com/main.asp?SectionID=1&SubSectionID=1&ArticleID=66222
June 10, 2015
Prosecutor Disputes Innocence Claims of Death Row Inmate (General)
Authors:
Jay Reeves
Citation (Popular Media):
abcnews.go.com, June 8, 2015
Original URL:
http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/prosecutor-disputes-innocence-claims-death-row-inmate-31619814

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