Skip to main content

Wrongful Convictions

This is a guide originally prepared for law students in a research seminar on wrongful convictions.

Websites

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Criminal Justice Website.

  • News, commentary and blog posts on wrongful convictions.

The Crime Lab Project

"Raising Awareness of Public Forensic Science Needs and Challenges."

Criminal Procedure Resource Guide (National Center for State Courts, NCSC).

Bibliography on state criminal procedure.

Empirical Legal Studies (ELS) Bibliography.

Begun as a database to support the annual bibliography that appears in the Journal of Empirical Legal Studies (JELS).

For example: Searching by the Subject:”Post-conviction Remedies,” yields the following articles:

  • Paul H.Robinson & Robert Kurzban, “Concordance and Conflict in Institutions of Justice,” 91 Minn. L. Rev. 1829 (2007) SUBJECTS: Sentencing and Punishment ; Post-conviction Remedies ; Judgments.
  • Brandon L.Garrett, “Structural Reform Prosecution,” 93 U. Va. L. Rev. 853 (2007) SUBJECTS: Prosecutors ; Post-conviction Remedies.
  • Princeton Survey Research Associates International for National Center for State Courts, “The NCSC Sentencing Attitudes Survey: A Report on the Findings,” 82 Ind. L.J. 1319 (2007) SUBJECTS: Sentencing and Punishment ; Post-conviction Remedies.
  • John F. Pfaff, “The Continued Vitality of Structured Sentencing Following Blakely: The Effectiveness of Voluntary Guidelines” 54UCLA L. Rev. 235 (2006) SUBJECTS: Sentencing and Punishment ; Post-Conviction Remedies ; Constitutional Law.

Georgetown Law Library. Criminal Law & Justice Research Guide.

One of the most thorough basic research guides.

Innocence Project.

  • The main site for the Project explains its causes, profiles more than 300 post-conviction exonerations by DNA and By Other Means and its Active Cases.

Wrongful Convictions—Bettergov.org website.

Organization of Illinois lawyers & journalists working to expose corruption and advocating for effective public policy…

LLRX.COM.

Provides research guides for legal professionals. For example:

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL)

Criminal Defense Issues gathers links to reports and other resources on specialized topics. For example, see:

SSRN.

Collection of working papers & scholarly articles, including Criminal Law & Procedure SSRN eJournals—permits searching and browsing.