Innocence Network UK (INUK) was established by Dr Michael Naughton, an academic expert on miscarriages of justice and the wrongful conviction and imprisonment of the innocent. It is a means to make a practical impact in the real world by educating more widely on the extensive range of causes of wrongful convictions, the harmful consequences that they engender and to deliver training on how they might be challenged, overturned and/or prevented.
INUK’s three interrelated purposes:
INUK provides access to a repository of published research on an extensive range of different aspects relating to prisoners maintaining innocence, the causes of wrongful convictions and miscarriages of justice and the limitations of the criminal appeals system and the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) in dealing with appeals from innocent victims.
INUK’s newsletter, INQUIRY, is also a rich resource of articles and guides on how to investigate and challenge alleged wrongful convictions from other leading experts in the field, victims, practitioners and academics.
Training and Mentoring
INUK provides speakers and training workshops on all aspects of understanding and challenging wrongful convictions.
In addition, INUK can provide 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.
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, a training workshop or to further enquire about one-to-one mentoring sessions email:
Overall, INUK aims to 1) influence public discourse on the causes and harmful consequences of the wrongful conviction and imprisonment of the innocent, 2) help with the establishment and subsequent successful running of schemes and projects, whether within universities or external to universities, centred on the investigation and overturn of wrongful convictions, and, 3) contribute to legal and policy 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 does NOT itself undertake casework into alleged wrongful convictions, it does NOT give legal advice and it is NOT a campaigning organisation or victim support group.
However, under the auspices of Innocence Network UK, 36 Innocence Projects have so far been established in the UK, 35 in universities and one in a corporate law firm, to investigate and overturn wrongful convictions.
Please direct all enquiries for assistance with investigating or challenging an alleged wrongful convictions to them.