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Wrongful Convictions

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


American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Criminal Justice Website.

  • News, commentary and blog posts on wrongful convictions.

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

Bibliography on state criminal procedure.

Empirical Legal Studies (ELS) Bibliography.

 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— website.

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


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:


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