Miscarriage of Justice

Listen in pop-out player

How effective is the system for investigating miscarriages of justice in England and Wales?

Critics say the Criminal Cases Review Commission, the body charged with examining potential wrongful convictions, lacks teeth and needs to be thoroughly reformed.

Are they right?

Allan Urry examines cases in which prisoners, campaigners and lawyers say the CCRC doesn't do enough for those who continue to protest their innocence.

Should the Commission be making more use of the latest DNA techniques to re-examine verdicts which relied on circumstantial evidence?

And why did the CCRC twice refuse to pursue the case of a man who spent 17 years in prison for a serious sex crime he didn't commit?

Producer: Rob Cave.

Available now

38 minutes

Last on

Sun 25 May 2014 17:00
BBC Radio 4 FM only

READ THE PROGRAMME TRANSCRIPT

The Criminal Cases Review Commission is the body charged with examining potential miscarriages of justice in England and Wales. But is it up to the job? Allan Urry investigates.

Read the Transcript

Added. Check out your playlist Dismiss