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…
To challenge the policy and practice in the current system through which prisoners who maintain their innocence are reviewed and progressed.
News and Views
Annual Public meeting:
Our annual public meeting, last July, was a great success. John Podmore, author of “Out of Sight, Out of Mind: Why Britain’s Prisons are Failing” gave an excellent and informative talk and a number of people expressed an interest in joining PPMI.
New courses for those convicted of sex offences will be open to those maintaining innocence:
The new courses (Horizon and Kaizen) that replace the earlier Sex Offender Treatment programmes do not require an individual to discuss their offences. A person who is maintaining innocence of a sexual offence will be able to take the programme without compromising their stance.
The Henriques Report on the Met’s handling of historic sex abuse allegations is extremely critical of methods that were biased against the accused.