IN JANUARY 2015, INNOCENCE NETWORK UK (INUK) CEASED OPERATING AS A COORDINATING ORGANISATION FOR MEMBER INNOCENCE PROJECTS IN THE UK
However, this website will remain for the foreseeable future as a legacy of the work and activities conducted under the auspices of INUK. It provides a rich resource of information and access to a range of academic researches and other literature to assist those working to overturn alleged wrongful convictions or conducting research so that wrongful convictions might be better understood, remedied and, ultimately, prevented.
INUK’s three interrelated purposes:
INUK provided access to a repository of Dr Naughton’s published researches on a range of different aspects relating to wrongful convictions and miscarriages of justice.
INUK’s newsletter, INQUIRY, is also a rich resource of articles and guides on how to investigate and overturn alleged wrongful convictions from other leading experts in the field, victims, practitioners and academics.
INUK employed an array of public engagement strategies to draw attention to the intentional wrongs and unintentional ‘errors’ of the criminal justice system that cause the wrongful conviction of the factually innocent and the limitations of the criminal appeals system and the CCRC to deal with claims of factual innocence by alleged victims of wrongful convictions.
Overall, INUK aimed to influence public discourse, contribute to reforms of the criminal justice system and changes to prison and parole practices by educating about wrongful convictions and their harmful consequences so that the factually innocent are better placed to overturn their convictions and/or make progress or achieve release from prison.
It is important to note that INUK did NOT itself undertake casework into alleged wrongful convictions, it did NOT give legal advice and it was NOT a campaigning organisation or victim support group.
In specific terms, INUK served its member innocence projects by assessing claims of factual innocence by alleged victims of wrongful convictions and acting as a clearing house for referring eligible cases (i.e. cases in which something could be done to determine whether the claim of factual innocence was valid or not; truthful or not) to member innocence projects to further investigate and build upon lines of inquiry that arose in the assessment.