Since its establishment in September 2004, INUK has actively supported the creation of 34 innocence projects in UK universities and a corporate law firm, which are together working on almost 100 cases of long-term prisoners maintaining innocence.
Two cases have so far been heard in the Court of Appeal that were referred by INUK to a member innocence project and nine others are currently under review by the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) (for convictions in England and Wales) or the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission (SCCRC) (for conviction in Scotland).
INUK offers a range of different membership opportunities by annual subscription to support its unique work in the area of wrongful convictions and/or become actively involved with investigating alleged wrongful conviction cases.
Individual - £25
Student – £10
Campaigner/unwaged – FREE
As an individual member you will receive:
- A pdf copy of INQUIRY newsletter four times a year sent directly to your e-mail address
- Information about our conferences, seminars and events.
- Discounts for our conferences, seminars and events.
- Notification of new publications in the area of wrongful convictions.
- Updates on cases submitted to the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) or Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission (SCCRC) and on their progress through the criminal appeals system.
- The knowledge that you are part of a mass movement for positive change and reform.
University Innocence Project Membership – £325 per annum
As a university innocence project member you will receive:
- Membership of a national organisation which provides the opportunity of pro bono and/or clinical education in the area of wrongful convictions.
- The referral of eligible cases from INUK, which centrally administrates all applications for assistance from alleged innocent victims of wrongful conviction. This serves to avoid the administrative burden that individual innocence projects would otherwise have. It also prevents different innocence projects duplicating work for the same ‘clients’, and provides a valuable and evolving central research base.
- Member innocence projects are able to access INUK’s diverse contacts with forensic science experts, barristers and solicitors, police officers, investigative journalists, campaign/victim-support organisations etc. to assist in their case investigations.
- Access to casework resources, including a free litigation software – ‘Casemap’ (sponsored by Lexis Nexis) for each member innocence project.
- Access to a variety of useful materials including the INUK Innocence Projects Starter Pack containing assorted template letters such as invitation to pro bono solicitor/barristers and client care letters, INUK Innocence Project Handbook and the INUK First Steps document to help new members get their innocence projects up and running.
- Subsidised conferences, regularly reviewed and consisting of high quality sessions and materials, designed to assist innocence projects to make progress with their cases and share information.
- Access to the INUK Directors e-mail list where Directors of member innocence projects can share knowledge, information and resources, as well as raise queries regarding all aspects of innocence project case investigations.
- Link to the INUK website from your own innocence project website.
Forming part of the growing innocence projects movement that is increasingly impacting in wider debates and forms of communication about clinical education, pro bono and criminal justice policy.
- Automatic membership of the Innocence Network, the international association of innocence projects around the world.
We ask our university members to encourage their student caseworkers to become student members of INUK in their own right.
If you are a Member of Staff in a university and would like to set up an innocence project, please read the Innocence Project Protocols, Frequently Asked Questions and wider materials on the Publications tab to gain an insight into the nature of Innocence Project work.
We recommend that you contact Jackie Nichols (email@example.com) for a discussion before formally joining as a university member.
Corporate Innocence Project Membership
If you are interested in setting up a member innocence project within your law firm please contact Jackie Nichols at: Jacqueline.Nichols@Bristol.ac.uk