Research

Here you will find research publications on a range of factors within the criminal justice system that can cause wrongful convictions and prevent those who might be factually innocent from overturning their convictions.

We are grateful to the various academic peer-reviewed journals for allowing the articles to be reproduced on this website.

Wrongful Convictions (General)

Naughton, M. (2014) ‘Criminologizing wrongful convictions’, British Journal of Criminology:
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Naughton, M. (2014) ‘Gerry Conlon’s life is a reminder that wrongful convictions happen everywhere’, The Conversation, 23 June. 
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Naughton, M. (2013) The Innocent and the Criminal Justice System, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Burnside, J. and Naughton, M. (2012) “Semiotics, Miscarriages of Justice and the Trials of Jesus” in: J Rivlin (eds) Studies in Jewish Law In Honour of Bernard S. Jackson, Jewish Law Association Studies XX. Deborah Charles Publications.
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Tan, G. (2012) ‘Justice should not depend on luck’ Socialist Lawyer, Issue 60.
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Naughton, M. (2011) ‘Truth, or evidence’  Bristol Review of Books – Open Mind. July.
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Jolicoeur, M. (2011) ‘International Perspectives on Wrongful Convictions‘ Workshop Report, National Institute of Justice, U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, September 2010.
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Naughton, M. with Tan, G. (2010) Claims of Innocence: An introduction to wrongful convictions and how they might be challenged, Bristol: University of Bristol.

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Dr Michael Naughton discusses the Claims of Innocence book. LawWorks Student Conference, The College of Law Birmingham, 13 November 2010. here.

Gabe Tan discusses the methodology for overturning alleged wrongful convictions from the book Claims of Innocence, LawWorks Student Conference, The College of Law Birmingham, 13 November 2010. here.

Naughton, M. (2007, 2012) Rethinking Miscarriages of Justice: Beyond the Tip of the Iceberg, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. (Paperback Edition now available)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Naughton, M. (2011) ‘How the Presumption of Innocence Renders the Innocent Vulnerable to Wrongful Convictions‘ Irish Journal of Legal Studies, 2(1): 40-54.
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Naughton, M. (2010) ‘Can lawyers put people before law?’ Socialist Lawyer, June: 30-32.
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Naughton, M (2007) ‘Confronting an uncomfortable truth: Not all alleged victims of false accusations will be innocent!‘, FACTion, (pp. 8-12).
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Naughton, M. (2005) ‘Redefining miscarriages of justice: a revived human rights approach to unearth subjugated discourses of wrongful criminal conviction‘ British Journal of Criminology 45(2): 165-182.
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Naughton, M. (2005) ‘Miscarriages of justice and the government of the criminal justice system: an alternative perspective on the production and deployment of counter-discourse’ Critical Criminology: An International Journal 13(2): 211-231.
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Naughton, M. (2005) ‘Wrongly convicted by an incompetent court’, The Observer January 13 [click this link for the article].

Naughton, M. (2005) ‘‘Evidence-based-policy’ and the government of the criminal justice system – only if the evidence fits!’ Critical Social Policy 25(1): 47-69.
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Naughton, M. (2004) ‘An innocent objection to reduced sentences’, The Observer, September 23 [click this link for the article].

Naughton, M. (2003) ‘Convicted for crimes that never happened’, The Observer, October 19 [click this link for the article].

Naughton, M. (2003) ‘How big is the “iceberg?”: A zemiological approach to quantifying miscarriages of justice’, Radical Statistics 81: 5-17.
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Naughton, M. (2001) Wrongful convictions: towards a zemiological analysis of the tradition of criminal justice system reform’ Radical Statistics 76: 50-65.
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Naughton, M. (2002) ‘The scales of injustice’, The Observer July 28 [click this link for the article]

 

Limits of the Criminal Cases Review Commission

Naughton, M. and Tan, G. (2013) ‘Report – Symposium on the Reform of the Criminal Cases Review Commission’ (Printed by LexisNexis). Click here to download

Naughton, M. (2012) ‘The Criminal Cases Review Commission: Innocence Versus Safety and the Integrity of the Criminal Justice System’ , Criminal Law Quarterly, Vol. 58: 207-244. Click here for the article

Naughton, M. (2012) ‘No Champion of Justice’ in J. Robins (Ed.) Wrongly Accused: Who is responsible for investigating miscarriages of justice?, London: Solicitors Journal. Click here for the essay

Naughton, M. (2010) ‘Why ‘safety in law’ may fail the innocent – the case of Neil Hurley’, The Guardian, February 11.
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Naughton, M. (2009) (Editor) The Criminal Cases Review Commission: Hope for the Innocent?, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. (Forewords By Michael Mansfield QC and Professor Michael Zander).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Naughton, M. (2008) ‘Justice must be seen to be done: Should a senior figure from the prosecution community really head the Criminal Cases Review Commission?’, The Guardian, November 20 [click this link for article]

 

Forensic Science

Naughton, M. and Tan, G. (2011) ‘The need for caution in the use of DNA evidence to avoid convicting the innocent‘, International Journal of Evidence and Proof, 15(3): 245-257.
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Naughton, M. and Tan, G. (2010) ‘The Right to Access DNA Testing by Alleged Innocent Victims of Wrongful Convictions in the UK?’ International Journal of Evidence & Proof, 14(4): 326-345.
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Prison and Parole

Tan, G. (2011) ‘The Dilemma of Maintaining Innocence’ Report of the Joint Conference Organised by the Association of Prison Lawyers (APL) and Progressing Prisoners Maintaining Innocence (PPMI).
Hosted by Matrix Chambers, London, 25, January 2011.
Gabe Tan APL-PPMI Report 2011

Naughton, M. (2009) ‘Does the NOMS [National Offender Management Service] Risk Assessment Bubble Have to Burst for Prisoners Who May be Innocent to Make Progress?Howard Journal of Criminal Justice 48 (4): 357-372.
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Naughton, M (2008) ‘Factual Innocence versus Legal Guilt: The Need for a New Pair of Spectacles to view the Problem of Life-Sentenced Prisoners Maintaining Innocence‘ Prison Service Journal, 177, May.
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Thornton, A. (2008) ‘Prisoners maintaining their innocence‘. The Board Sheet, April. An article by Judge Anthony Thornton, a Judicial Member of the Parole Board, which appeared in the Parole Board magazine in April 2008. The article confirms the difficulties that prisoners maintaining innocence face in making progress through the prison system and/or acheiving parole.
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Naughton, M. (2006 ) ‘The Parole Board – Discredited?Inside Time: The National Prisoners’ Newspaper, 81: 21.
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Naughton, M. (2005) Why the Failure of the Prison Service and the Parole Board to Acknowledge Wrongful Imprisonment is Untenable’, Howard Journal of Criminal Justice, 44(1): 1-11.
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Naughton, M. (2005) ‘The Parole Deal Does Exist’, Inside Time: The National Prisoners’ Newspaper, 77: 18.
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Naughton, M. (2004) ‘The parole deal is not a “myth”‘, Inside Time: The National Prisoners’ Newspaper, 59: 18.
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Innocence Projects

Naughton, M. (2009) ‘Students for Justice: The Innocence Network UK’, The Guardian, May 8.
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Tan, G. (2008) ‘Innocence Projects: Learning from the Mistakes of Law‘, The Writ: The Postgraduate Newsletter of the University of Bristol Law Club, Issue 2, April/May: 5.
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Zander, M. (2008) ‘Innocence is not enough‘, New Law Journal, Vol 158, Issue 7320, 9 May.
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Naughton, M. (2006) ‘Innocence Projects‘, ScoLAG: Scottish Legal Action Group, 348, pp. 202-203.
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Naughton, M and Price, J. (2006) ‘Innocence projects: a perfect solution for clinical legal education?‘, Directions: UK Centre for Legal Education, 13.
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Naughton, M. (2006) ‘Wrongful Convictions and Innocence Projects in the UK: Help, Hope and Education’, Web Journal of Current Legal Issues, 3.
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Post-Release Support for Victims of Wrongful Conviction

Naughton, M. (2011) ‘There’s still scope for debate on miscarriage of justice compensation, Law Society Gazette, May 19.
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Tan, G. (2010) ‘Structuration Theory and Wrongful Imprisonment: From ‘Victimhood’ to ‘Survivorship’?’, Critical Criminology: An International Journal.
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Naughton, M. (2008) ‘Justice Undone: The families of people wrongly jailed deserve compensation – they often lose their livelihoods and loved ones for years’, The Guardian, June 20.
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Naughton, M. (2004) ‘The wrongly imprisoned are still paying for crimes they didn’t commit’, The Observer July 31 [click this link for the article].

Naughton, M. (2004) ‘What price freedom?The Observer March 21 [click this link for the article].

Naughton, M. (2003) ‘Our shoddy treatment of victims of injustice’ The Observer March 16 [click this link for the article]

 

 

 

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