Dr Michael Naughton, Reader in Sociology and Law, has been elected to the Innocence Network Board. The Innocence Network is 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.
The Network Board oversees the work of the Innocence Network. It is composed of 21 members, with two seats reserved for non-US members. Each Board member is elected by a vote of the project directors of member organizations for staggered three-year terms, with no limit on the number of terms served. Based in the United States, the Innocence Network has 49 members in almost all US States and has members in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, France, Ireland, Italy, The Netherlands, South Africa and the UK.
Dr Naughton is Founder and Director of the Innocence Network UK (INUK), an umbrella organisation that facilitates pro bono investigations into claims of innocence by alleged victims of wrongful convictions. INUK’s overall aim is to improve the criminal justice system by overturning convictions given to factually innocent people, to learn lessons from such wrongful convictions and to effect reforms to prevent such wrongful convictions from occurring in the future. INUK currently 26 member innocence projects in the UK universities and one in a corporate law firm.