National Academy of Sciences Releases Report on Eyewitness Identification – 14 October 2014 In 2014 the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences released a report entitled Identifying the Culprit: Assessing Eyewitness Identification. This is an important document and it does an excellent job of summarizing what we do and do not know about eyewitness identification testimony. Read more.
Tainted Identifications – September 2016 Many erroneous eyewitness identifications are mistakes, but many others are lies. In some cases, these misidentifications—both mistakes and lies —are produced by deliberate misconduct on the part of police officers. For example, officers might show a single suspect to a witness and then tell the witness, falsely, that he was identified as committing several similar crimes. Or they might tell the witness that if she does not identify the suspect, they will charge her family member with a crime. This report examines how these types of misconduct produce both mistakes and lies by eyewitnesses. Read more.
The National Registry of Exonerations is a project of the Newkirk Center for Science & Society at University of California Irvine, the University of Michigan Law School and Michigan State University College of Law. It was founded in 2012 in conjunction with the Center on Wrongful Convictions at Northwestern University School of Law. The Registry provides detailed information about every known exoneration in the United States since 1989—cases in which a person was wrongly convicted of a crime and later cleared of all the charges based on new evidence of innocence.
We welcome new information from any source about exonerations already on our list and about cases not in the Registry that might be exonerations.