INUK’s major achievements include:
1) INUK raised awareness of the need for innocence-focused organisations in the UK from the findings of research on the causes of wrongful convictions and the limits of the criminal appeals system, especially the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC), in assisting the innocent to overturn their convictions.
2) 36 innocence projects set up in universities and one in a corporate law firm under the auspices of INUK to provide pro bono investigations into alleged wrongful convictions. This resurrected a domestic interest and concern for alleged victims of wrongful convictions that was lost when JUSTICE ceased working on alleged miscarriages of justice on the mistaken belief that the setting up of the CCRC was the panacea to the problem of wrongful convictions.
3) Over 1,500 applications from alleged innocent victims of wrongful convictions assessed for eligibility, i.e. might the applicant be innocent and is there anything that can be done to determine whether they are or are not innocent?
4) Over 100 eligible cases referred to member innocence projects for further investigation.
5) Numerous cases referred by INUK to its member innocence projects submitted to the CCRC and/or to the SCCRC.
6) In December 2014, Dwaine George’s conviction for murder became the first innocence project case overturned in the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division) following an INUK referral to a member innocence project (Cardiff Law School Innocence Project) to follow up on identified lines of further investigation.