NEW RESOURCE: NPR Radio Interview

NPR Radio interviews North Carolina Chief Justice I. Beverly Lake, Jr. regarding the new "Innocence Board." This board will investigate claims of innocence among prisoners.
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Recent Resources From DPIC
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NEW RESOURCES: The Dead Man Walking School Theatre Project The stage play of Tim Robbins' Academy Award winning film, Dead Man Walking, is available to colleges and universities across the country.  The play is based on the acclaimed book of the same title by Sister Helen Prejean.  Through the Dead Man Walking School Theatre Project, the play provides an opportunity to broaden discussion about the death penalty and involve schools and their local communities in an inter-disciplinary dialogue about this major social issue.  The Theatre Project's new Web site ( is designed to help students and their schools get involved in the play and to provide resources and support for schools that are already taking part.

The Death Penalty Information Center also has special resources for students and teachers.  See  Educational Curriculum on the Death Penalty.

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NEW RESOURCES: Recent Events in the Death Penalty

The Chicago Tribune Investigates the Execution of a Likely Innocent Man in
"Did this man die...for this man's crime?"

In 1989, defendant Carlos DeLuna was executed in Texas for the fatal stabbing of Texas convenience store clerk Wanda Lopez. The three-part series by reporters Maurice Possley and Steve Mills can be found here.

A news piece on ABC's "World News Tonight" also covered this story. Watch it here. (Requires Real Player. For other media versions including Quicktime, click here).

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NEW RESOURCE: "Principles of Forensic DNA for Officers of the Court" on CD-ROM

The President's DNA Initiative has released Principles of Forensic DNA for Officers of the Court, a CD-ROM that addresses the use of DNA in judicial proceedings. This resource is designed for prosecutors, defense attorneys, and judges, and provides a simple overview of DNA technologies and the issues that arise when DNA evidence is presented in court. The topics are covered in short paragraphs accompanied by illustrations, and links to other resources are included.  Some of the areas covered by the CD-ROM include the biology of DNA, DNA laboratories and quality assurance in testing and understanding lab reports, forensic databases, victim issues, presentation of DNA evidence at trial, and postconviction DNA cases. This resource was produced by the National Institute of Justice as part of President Bush's initative to ensure that the science of forensic DNA reaches its full potential in solving crimes, protecting the innocent, and identifying missing persons. Copies of the CD-ROM are available through the National Criminal Justice Reference Service at or by calling 1-800-851-3420 (those calling should ask for NCJ 212399). An online version of this resource is available at  See Resources and Innocence.

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Art Exhibit Features Faces of The Innocents

An exhibit featuring artist Taryn Simon's 45 photographic portraits of individuals freed by DNA evidence is on display at Provisions Library in Washington, DC, from February 11 to April 15, 2006. During the D.C. exhibit, which is part of a traveling exhibition curated by Umbrage Editions to mark the 10th anniversary of the New York City-based Innocence Project, a series of related events will also be offered to more closely examine the issue of wrongful convictions. Among the special presentations that will accompany the exhibit are a screening of the film "After Innocence," performance excerpts from the play The Exonerated, a teach-in on science and criminal justice, a book reading by death row exoneree Kirk Bloodsworth, and an art workshop given by Ms. Simon.

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