Understanding the Causes of Wrongful Convictions

  • Eyewitness Misidentification
  • Official Misconduct
  • False Confessions
  • Ineffective Defense Attorneys
  • Forensic Science Misconduct
  • Junk Science
  • Jailhouse Snitches

 Links to National Innocence Organizations

  • The Innocence Project at the Cardozo School of Law was the original innocence project.
    • 250 Exonerated is the Project’s report on the first 250 DNA exonerations in the United States.
  • The Innocence Network is an affiliation of innocence organizations from around the country.
  • The National Registry of Exonerations documents every know exoneration case in the United States since 1989.

 Academic Articles on Innocence Reform in Iowa

  • Neal McNabb, Brian Farrell, & Carlee Brown, Voluntary Adoption of Evidence-Based Practices by Local Law Enforcement: Eyewitness Identification Procedures in Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska, 20 Journal of Gender, Race & Justice 509 (2017).
  • Brian Farrell & Sara Farrell, Watching the Detectives: Electronic Recording of Custodial Inerrogations in Iowa, 99 Iowa Law Review Bulletin 1 (2013).

 Iowa Legal and Corrections Resources

  • The Iowa Code
  • Iowa Judicial Branch
  • Iowa Court Records Online
  • Iowa Department of Corrections
  • Iowa Board of Parole
  • Iowa State Bar Association
  • State Public Defender’s Office

 Cooperating Institutions

  • Iowa Lakes Community College Paralegal Program
  • Buena Vista University Criminology/Criminal Justice Program
  • University of Iowa College of Law
  • Drake University Law School Legislative Practice Center

 NAS Forensic Science Report CLE Materials