Advice for Prisoners & Families
In many of the cases we investigate, accused persons didn’t obtain appropriate advice at the right time.
Inside Justice has produced a short guide ‘Miscarriages of Justice (and how to avoid them)’. The guide covers each stage of the criminal justice process from arrest to Court of Appeal hearings. While not intended as a substitute for professional advice and assistance, the guide provides useful information for persons wrongly accused/convicted of a crime they did not commit.
If you would like our help
Inside Justice is a very small charity which is inundated with requests for help. To overturn a wrongful conviction, we are, effectively, trying to find something which has either been missed before or identifying and pursuing new expert work made possible by scientific or technical advances.
For your case to be considered by Inside Justice:
- You must have at least 5 years left to serve on your custodial sentence
- You must still be serving a custodial sentence for the offence you claim innocence
- We do NOT deal with sentencing issues or complaints that the wrong charge was made
- We ONLY deal with cases where you claim complete innocence
- If your appeal is listed to be heard, we cannot help
All applicants must complete our standard questionnaire which gives us permission to conduct an initial review AND sign our Engagement Agreement. We do not want all case papers sent to us in the first instance. However, if you have a copy of the Trial Judge’s Summing Up and/or any official papers relating to an Appeal or CCRC decision you should send us COPIES of these documents. Please DO NOT send your only copy.
On receipt of your letter, we aim to respond to you within 4 weeks. Initially you will be told whether you have passed the first sift. If you have, your case will be looked at in more detail. This work can take months or years to complete. Despite our best efforts, the odds are always stacked against us. A review of the Historic Cases of this site demonstrates the years it usually takes to gather evidence for a successful appeal.
We will ONLY provide updates on our work to friends or family, if this is authorised by you in writing. We rarely make prison visits. Abusive calls to our staff will not be tolerated and will result in a case being closed immediately.
Disclaimer - The Inside Justice website contains general information about legal matters. This information is not to be construed as legal advice. Please do not rely on the information provided on this website as an alternative option to seeking professional legal advice from your appointed solicitor, lawyer or legal defence team. Inside Justice recommends that any specific questions about your ongoing legal matter should be raised via a consultation with, or the appointment of, a professional criminal defence provider. Inside Justice is not responsible for any errors or omissions, or for the results obtained from the use of this information.
Advice for Potential Volunteers
If you are a professional, individual or student who would like to help us with our work please read this section first.