Innocence Network UK (INUK) was established by Dr Michael Naughton in September 2004. It is a practical response to the limitations of the criminal justice system to overturn wrongful convictions identified in academic research. Put simply, there are many known causes of wrongful convictions to which innocent individuals can fall prey, both intentional and unintentional. However, the criminal appeals system and the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) cannot guarantee that all innocent victims of wrongful convictions will have their convictions overturned.
INUK has three broad interrelated purposes:
INUK circulates the findings of academic research on wrongful convictions and miscarriages of justice.
INUK also acts as an umbrella for occasional joint research projects in the area of wrongful convictions and miscarriages of justice and circulates those findings, too, in line with the public engagement and impact aims.
INUK employs 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 inability of the criminal appeals system and the CCRC to policy makers, criminal justice system agencies, the legal community and more widely to members of the public.
Overall, INUK is a project that seeks to influence public discourse, reforms of the criminal justice system and changes to prison and parole practices so that the factually innocent can overturn their convictions and/or make progress or achieve release from prison.
INUK does NOT undertake casework into alleged wrongful convictions, it does NOT give legal advice and it is NOT a campaign or victim support group.
However, if you feel that you have been a victim of a wrongful conviction and have exhausted the normal criminal appeal system (i.e. failed in your normal appeal) you can apply directly to the University of Bristol Innocence Project (UoBIP) for your case to be considered for investigation on a pro bono basis (free).
Please send a letter with a brief outline of your claim of innocence to:
Dr Michael Naughton
Founder and Director
University of Bristol Innocence Project (UoBIP)
University of Bristol Law School
Wills Memorial Building
Bristol BS8 1RJ
You will then be sent an introductory letter that sets out the scope of the University of Bristol Innocence Project (UoBIP) and a Preliminary Questionnaire to be completed and returned to the UoBIP at the above address.
UoBIP will assess if your case is eligible for investigation based on the details provided in your Preliminary Questionnaire
INUK is a member of The Innocence Network, an affiliation of organizations dedicated to providing pro bono legal and investigative services to individuals seeking to prove innocence of crimes for which they have been convicted and working to redress the causes of wrongful convictions.