Quote of the month

“For specific offender types, denial of responsibility was not significantly associated with sexual or violent recidivism.  In conclusion, the presumption that denial represents increased risk … should be reconsidered.”  (from Archives of Sexual Behaviour, January 2015, Vol 44, Issue 1, pp157 -166).   December 2018

Innocent?

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

Our Aim

To challenge the policy and practice in the current system through which prisoners who maintain their innocence are reviewed and progressed.

Objectives

News and Views

  • 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.