New Site Tracks Wrongful Convictions

The Tarlton Law Library at the University of Texas School of law has created the Actual Innocence Awareness Database to track developments related to wrongful convictions. The database contains citations (and links, when the materials are online) to popular media, journal articles, books, reports, legislation and Web sites. Materials are classified by the primary causes of wrongful conviction: forensics/DNA, eyewitness identification, false confessions, jailhouse informants, police or prosecutorial misconduct and ineffective representation. There is also a general category and the entire database can be searched.

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  • Anonymous

    What is the arrest vs conviction rate of the police departments in the USA?

    Here in Massachusetts, this information is a state secret. Is the conviction rate 100% of all arrests? 80%? 50%? 30%? 10%?

    How much do taxpayers have to pay in police salary to see it only be maybe 10% effective?

    Why aren’t all courtroom proceedings broadcast over local cable TV or the Internet?

    We can see cops beating up innocent women trying to get to the hospital, but we are kept ignorant of what occurs in our courts.

    If you are not wealthy enough to attend all courtroom proceedings, you get to see very little of what goes on therein.

  • Show Recommendation –
    NBC Dateline Tuesday May 22 The Ada Hour Injustice of Wrongful Convictions Featuring Dennis Fritz Author of Journey Toward Justice

    NBC Dateline will air on Tuesday May 22 The Ada Hour.
    The Ada Hour will chronicle the repeated injustice of wrongful convictions.
    In addition to John Grisham, District Attorney Bill Peterson, Barry Scheck and Robert Mayer the piece will feature Dennis Fritz the author of Journey Toward Justice.
    Please feel free to post your comments about The Ada Hour on my blog Barbara’s Journey Toward Justice