Victims of miscarriages of justice: trauma and its treatment.

 

Hello readers!

I am pleased to upload my second article, which is about trauma and innocent people in prison. Please not that this essay was written more than 2 years ago, hence, when referring to miscarriages of justice in this essay, I mean only people who have spent time in prison before their convictions were overturned. Enjoy!

I feel terrible, very restless and irritable. This is not like me at all. The car crash happened 6 months ago but I still couldn’t feel safe in a car. Pictures of the accident come flashing into my mind, they won’t go away and even at night my dreams are more like nightmares with scenes of the crash happening again and again… I can’t stop shaking when I think I could have died” (NHS, 2013). This is what a person with a post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) stated six months after the trauma. The statement perfectly reflects to one of many disorders incarcerated people may develop (Crighton and Towl, 2008; NHS, 2013). Continue reading

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A new definition of miscarriages of justice.

There are many different interpretations of miscarriages of justice. For instance Naughton (2012) stated that a legal definition of a miscarriage of justice is that a miscarriage of justice occurs when a case is successful in an appeal out of time and after the routine appeal system is exhausted. However, he argues that routine appeals from the Crown Court and the Court of Appeal should also be considered due to the time innocent people spent in prison while waiting their appeals. Target times at Criminal Appeal Office (2014) website state that straightforward cases should be heard by the Court of Appeal within 10 or 13 months when a permission to appeal is granted by a single judge or a full court respectively. Such target times back up Naughton’s claim that people who are successful in routine appeals are still victims of a miscarriage of justice due to spending a year in prison. Continue reading