Innocence Project Northwest Clinic--Articles, Books & Websites
This guide is part of a series for students in Prof. Jackie McMurtrie's Innocence Project Northwest Clinic. Companion guides include:
Access to HeinOnline and LegalTrac is UW restricted. LexisNexis and Westlaw access is limited to individuals with their own IDs or passwords.
- DNA Testing
- Evidence, Scientific
- False Imprisonment
- Innocence (Psychology)
- Post-Conviction Remedies
- Wrongful Convictions (Law)
The Law Library has many books on this topic. The following items are just some of the titles that are available. The list is in order by title. These items are located in the Classified Stacks unless otherwise indicated.
Links lead to Law Library catalog records, many of which include titles of chapters in the books.
Items that do not include call numbers are available on the Internet or as e-books.
Achieving Justice: Freeing the Innocent, Convicting the Guilty, by the ABA Criminal Justice Section's Ad Hoc Innocence Committee to Ensure the Integrity of the Criminal Process.
Actual Innocence: Five Days to Execution and Other Dispatches from the Wrongly Convicted.
KF9756.D89 2000 at Good Reads
Actual Innocence: When Justice Goes Wrong and How to Make It Right (2003).
KF9756 D98 2001 at Course Reserve
Constitutional Rights of Prisoners. LexisNexis: CRIME;CONTRP
Law Library has 4th ed., 1991 at KF9731.A7 P3 1991
Convicting the Innocent: Where Criminal Prosecutions Go Wrong (2011).
DNA for the Defense Bar (June 2012).
Examining Wrongful Convictions: Stepping Back, Moving Forward (2014)
Available via Summit
False Justice: Eight Myths That Convict the Innocent (2010).
Revised ed., 2014 available as an e-book.
Federal Postconviction Remedies Handbook.
Forensics Under Fire: Are Bad Science Bad Science and Dueling Experts Corrupting Legal Justice? (2008)
Available as an e-book.
The Innocents: Photographs and Interviews (2003).
Available via Summit.
The Supreme Court on Trial: How the American Justice System Sacrifices Innocent Defendants (2008).
KF9685 .T48 2008 & e-book (UW Restricted)
The Wrong Men: America's Epidemic of Wrongful Death Row Convictions (2003).
Wrongful Conviction: Law, Science, and Policy (2011).
Wrongly Convicted: Perspectives on Failed Justice.
Search for other books and materials in library catalogs for the following subject headings:
- DNA Fingerprinting
- Evidence, Criminal
- Evidence, Expert
- Judicial Error
- Post-conviction Remedies
- Prosecutorial Misconduct
Deborah Sulzbach, DNA Shall Prevail: Postconviction DNA Evidence: An Annotated Bibliography, 25 Legal Ref. Serv. Q. 39 (2006, no. 1). UW Restricted
DNA Evidence: Brave New World, Same Old Problems, LLRX (Oct. 14, 2013).
A lengthy annotated bibliography of American Law Reports annotations, articles, bibliographies and current awareness tools, books, book chapters, government and organization reports, journals, news, professional standards, scientific studies, and training materials.
Websites & Blogs
- eyewitness ID
- false confessions
- ineffective representation
- jailhouse informants
- police/prosecutorial misconduct
Death Penalty Information Center, Innocence and the Death Penalty
Includes an exoneration database, descriptions, and statistics.
A "national litigation and public policy organization dedicated to exonerating wrongfully convicted people through DNA testing and reforming the criminal justice system to prevent future injustice." Includes amicus briefs, annual reports (2005-09), an e-newsletter, exoneration news, the Innocence Project Magazine, other publications and research reports, videos, and related material. Blog:
Provides a brief and motion bank with documents under categories such as death penalty, due process, habeas corpus, indigent defense, and prosecutorial misconduct.
Assembles "the available scientific, technological, and relevant legal resources into a comprehensive `one-stop' searchable database with equal access for all." Provides a searchable forensic database with thousands of citations to articles, books, cases, dissertations, reports, and other sources on specific topics such as crime scene investigation, DNA, fingerprints, forensic psychology, questioned documents, and trace evidence. Includes an events calendar, links to related websites, and an email newsletter.
National Conference of State Legislatures, DNA and Forensics
Links to articles, other documents, and the Forensic Science Laws Database.
National Criminal Justice Reference Service is a clearinghouse for federal government research and publications.
National Registry of Exonerations is an updated list of exonerations in the U.S. since 1989. You can browse the list of more than 1,450 cases, read a report, review exonerations by state and country, and consult statistics. This site is a joint project (no pun intended) of the Michigan and Northwestern law schools
Post-Conviction Representation, Pro Se Practice and Access to the Courts is an annotated bibliography of articles, books, and cases.