“Assumptions could be mistaken for assessments” (comment by a government sponsored research project into parole board decisions: Padfield and Liebling, Home Office Research Study 213. (2000)).
Miscarriages of justice happen. Even in the best legal systems. Most people believe that there are systems in place to put things right. The Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) was set up following the notorious cases of the Guilford 4 and the Birmingham 6 to do just that.
But it doesn’t work like that in reality. The CCRC is often unable to help victims of wrongful conviction. The prisoner has been found guilty by a court and therefore remains guilty in the eyes of the public as well as the Criminal Justice System; and it does not stop there…The Problem
To challenge the policy and practice in the current system through which prisoners who maintain their innocence are reviewed and progressed.Objectives
- The All Party Parliamentary Group on Miscarriages of Justice will host a public meeting to discuss The Aftermath of Wrongful Convictions Addressing the needs of the Wrongfully Convicted on 9 January. (Ticket holders only.)
- Annual Lecture: 60 people attended our meeting in the House of Commons, Monday 10 December. They included legal professionals, representatives of related organisations, ex-prisoners and prisoners’ families. There were excellent presentations by a parole solicitor and a forensic psychologist and also by 2 ex prisoners. A lively discussion followed.
- Inside Time article published: an article summarising the results of 200 replies to our questionnaire has been published in Inside Time. You can find it on their website, August edition, p.22.