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(Chicago Tribune) — Forced confessions, bad eyewitness accounts and lies from jailhouse snitches have all contributed to wrongful convictions.

But for the first time, court records of more than 200 inmates who were exonerated of wrongdoing from around the country will be available in one place: a searchable, online database launched Monday by the Innocence Project and the Chicago law firm of Winston & Strawn.

The creators of the site see it as a tool they hope will be used to influence the justice system.

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