IMPORTANT NOTE: As of May 2016, Innocence Network UK (INUK) is no longer operational. However, this website will remain for the foreseeable future for the value that it has in educating about wrongful convictions and in assisting efforts for wrongful convictions to be overturned
Innocence Network UK (INUK) was established because innocent people are routinely wrongly convicted and imprisoned and the way that the criminal appeal system and the Criminal Cases Review Commission work means that those wrongful convictions can fail to be overturned and innocent people can be and are languishing in prison
INUK has three interrelated purposes:
INUK provides access to a repository of academic research on an extensive range of different aspects relating to: the challenges facing prisoners maintaining innocence; the causation and harmful consequences of the wrongful conviction and imprisonment of the innocent; the limitations of the criminal appeals system and the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) in dealing with appeals and/or applications from alleged innocent victims of wrongful convictions; and how such wrongful convictions might be successfully challenged and overturned.
INQUIRY is another rich resource of articles on established and alleged wrongful conviction cases and guides on how to investigate and challenge alleged wrongful convictions from leading experts in the field, victims, practitioners and academics.
Training and Mentoring
- INUK provides speakers and training workshops on all aspects of understanding the causation of wrongful convictions and how they might be challenged and/or prevented.
- INUK provides one-to-one mentoring sessions to help individual leaders in universities, law firms and third sector organisations, for instance, design and manage operations that investigate alleged wrongful convictions.
Training can be delivered as a discrete half/full-day course, or as a comprehensive package of sessions over a number of weeks/months.
Speakers, training and mentoring can cover such things as understanding the law on criminal appeals and the law and working practices of the Criminal Cases Review Commission, devising intake and eligibility systems for dealing with often mountains of applications, compliance with data protection law, office procedures and caseworking protocols, devising methods of investigation, team working and managing large teams of caseworkers, understanding evidence and its fallibilities and writing applications to the CCRC and SCCRC, and can be tailored to your own individual needs.
To discuss booking a speaker, training workshop or to further enquire about one-to-one mentoring sessions please send an email with as much information as possible about what you require to:
INUK has a small team of former University of Bristol Innocence Project leaders dedicated to continuing their work on alleged wrongful convictions: Gabe Tan; Lianne Edwards; Mark Allum; Holly Durant; and, Michael Naughton.
However, please DO NOT contact us with requests to work on alleged wrongful conviction and imprisonment cases at this time.
We are currently working to capacity in terms of our casework on behalf of alleged victims of wrongful convictions and do not have the capacity to even respond to enquiries about new casework at this time.
We will advertise for cases if and when we have the capacity to take on more cases.
Moreover, an important part of our mission and work is to assist in the setting up of innocence projects/miscarriage of justice/wrongful conviction projects, both in universities and in external organisations.
To date, this has seen 36 Innocence Projects established in the UK under the auspices of Innocence Network UK, 35 in universities and one in a corporate law firm, with the express aim of to investigating and overturning wrongful convictions.
Sadly, some of these projects are no longer operating but some are and those projects that are operating may be able to assist with alleged wrongful conviction cases.
Finally, it is important to note that if you do seek the services of one of the projects on the list that INUK helped to set up that INUK does not vouch for that project, nor can INUK be held responsible or accountable in any way for their work and/or wider activities.
Suggested questions that you should ask to any innocence project or university miscarriages of justice projects who you are thinking about asking to assist you with your case are available in the book, “Claims of Innocence: An introduction to wrongful convictions and how they might be challenged”:
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