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Our casework led to an important discovery that police forces are routinely losing, destroying and contaminating evidence they have a duty to store in case of an appeal or a cold case investigation. Here’s what we’re doing to stop that practice.

Lack of Awareness of Evidence Retention Protocols Risks Miscarriages of Justice

Lack of Awareness of Evidence Retention Protocols Risks Miscarriages of Justice(Posted on 04/07/20)

By Damian Allain, Head of Casework  As a former police officer, having served more than 30 years with the Metropolitan Police, many of them at New Scotland Yard as a senior detective specialising in homicide investigation and serious and organised crime, I know the enormous pressures that are placed on teams working on cases, especially with austerity measures and reductions in resources in recent years.  Last year I took on a new role... Read more...


Press Release: New survey hopes to uncover truth about evidence retention

Press Release: New survey hopes to uncover truth about evidence retention(Posted on 02/06/20)

Police officers and law enforcement personnel have been called to support a major new research project on evidence retention and storage practices.  Researchers based at Northumbria University have teamed up with Inside Justice, a charity dedicated to investigating miscarriages of justice, in launching a new survey which hopes to gather information about evidence or exhibit retention and storage practices during investigations including... Read more...


Calling all serving and former police officers - we need your help!

Calling all serving and former police officers - we need your help!(Posted on 02/06/20)

We are seeking the help of serving and former police officers and staff about evidence / exhibit retention and storage practices during investigations / cold case investigations. The survey has been commissioned by Inside Justice in collaboration with Professor Carole McCartney at Northumbria University.  We are interested in gathering information in relation to material from unsolved investigations as well as those which have been through... Read more...


New survey seeks help from lawyers and campaigners

New survey seeks help from lawyers and campaigners(Posted on 01/06/20)

We are calling on legal practitioners, campaigners and prisoners (past and present) to provide us with information on issues surrounding the post-conviction retention and disclosure of evidence.   In collaboration with the Law School at Northumbria University, Inside Justice has published a new survey to help inform our campaign work on evidence retention.   The survey is anonymous, but we will also be conducting interviews... Read more...


New article: Police retention and storage of evidence in England and Wales

New article: Police retention and storage of evidence in England and Wales(Posted on 26/12/19)

Professor Carole McCartney, Northumbria University and Louise Shorter, Inside Justice co-authored this academic article which was published in the International Journal of Police Science and Management. Abstract  Central to the operation of the appellate system, is the ability of individuals who claim that their conviction is in error, to revisit and re-examine evidence gathered during the investigation, as well as that relied... Read more...


Exacerbating injustice: Post-conviction disclosure in England and Wales

Exacerbating injustice: Post-conviction disclosure in England and Wales(Posted on 26/12/19)

Professor Carole McCartney, Northumbria University and Louise Shorter of Inside Justice co-authored this article for the International Journal of Law, Crime and Science.  Abstract Following years of debate, the creation of the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division) in England and Wales signified official recognition that the criminal process may sometimes result in unsafe convictions. Central to the operation of the appellate system, is the ability... Read more...