As an organisation, Inside Justice does not aim to reach a view on whether a person imprisoned for a crime is innocent or not. Rather, we are an investigative unit which sets out to test evidence used at trial or to uncover new evidence, which has the potential to show that somebody imprisoned for a serious crime really is innocent as claimed. Read more...
On carefully selected cases we commission new forensic work or search for new witnesses or evidence. This is a difficult and time-consuming process. That said, members of the Inside Justice Advisory Panel have been instrumental in getting a string of wrongful convictions overturned, most notably: the Bridgewater 4 case (Patrick Malloy, Jim Robinson, Michael Hickey and Vincent Hickey), Danny McNamee, Reg Dudley, Sam Hallam, Suzanne Holdsworth, Keith Hyatt, Bob Maynard, Victor Nealon and Barri White.
When we find important new evidence, we work with barristers and solicitors (often those already retained in a case or we can find a new team) to present that evidence to the Court of Appeal or the Criminal Cases Review Commission.
In our first seven years, Inside Justice has been asked to investigate over a thousand cases. The majority of our approaches come from prisoners themselves, though initial contact is often made by concerned lawyers, families or friends.
We estimate that around 50% of the cases we hear about are sex offences. This is a particularly difficult category for us to re-investigate as the conviction can rest solely on one person’s word. Those affected in this category will often be surprised that a conviction was possible on such a narrow evidential basis and will ask us to campaign on their behalf but we rarely do so. Our remit is to investigate: to find new evidence and present it to the Courts so that a decision on the safety of the conviction can be made in the proper manner within the legal process.
We have different stages to our work at Inside Justice. All letters are read and responded to within one month. If a case fits our criteria we will ask the person in prison to complete our 1st Approach Form which will then provide us with information about the conviction and wider personal details. This can be completed by a third party and signed by the prisoner if need be. About 10% of cases are presented to our Advisory Panel, which allows us to draw on their wide-ranging expertise in the fields of science, law, investigative techniques and beyond and from this we form an investigative strategy. It may be at this point that no new lines of enquiry have been identified regardless of how deserving the case may appear on face value. If that is so we will inform the prisoner that, regrettably, we are closing the case. This is not because we believe s/he is guilty but because we do not believe there is anything we can positively do to find new evidence. If new work has been identified, it will then begin. Equally, at this stage we are not claiming that a prisoner is innocent, we have simply reached the stage of believing new work is justified.
Below is a small selection of cases which have reached this investigation stage and an outline of the work we do.
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