How long is it acceptable to stay in prison for a crime they didn’t commit?

Inmatesource: The Justice Gap
published: 27 March 2015

How long is it acceptable for a person to have to remain in prison for a crime they did not commit? That is the question at the heart of the report issued by the Justice Select Committee this week on the performance of the Criminal Cases Review Commission.

Thanks to cuts to the funding of the Commission, the answer appears to be ‘two and a half years’ —  minimum.

Human beings make mistakes and no system has more human parts than the criminal justice system. Imagine you have been sent to prison for a crime you did not commit. How does the system deal with this? How long should it take to set things right?

Convictions can only be overturned on the basis of ‘fresh evidence’.

This means someone needs to go out and find it. That won’t be the police, their job is done once the case comes to court.

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