Dr Michael Naughton is a sociologist and writer whose research centres on the limitations and/or outright failings of the criminal justice system. He has received multiple awards and prizes for his work, which specialises on the problem of ‘miscarriages of justice’, with a particular focus on the wrongful conviction and/or imprisonment of factually innocent victims.
Michael is widely known for pioneering the introduction of innocence projects into UK universities (click here); for his work with Innocence Network UK (INUK), which saw him oversee the setting up, and subsequent running of, more than 30 affiliated innocence projects in UK universities (click here); and, for his efforts to effect changes to the criminal justice system so that innocent victims can make progress through the prison system and are guaranteed to be able to overturn their wrongful convictions when they occur (click here for more information).
This website provides access to his publications (4 books and over 60 articles) on miscarriages of justice and wrongful convictions and imprisonment (click here) and information on his wider activities in terms of media interviews and appearances (click here), invited presentations (click here) and academic presentations (click here).
Since September 2019, Michael has been the Founder and Director of Empowering the innocent (ETI), a research and communications project that highlights the often insurmountable challenges that alleged innocent victims of wrongful convictions face in overturning their convictions by way of application to the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC). The overall aim of Empowering the Innocent (ETI) is the reform or replacement of the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) so that an avenue truly exists, as was intended when the CCRC was established, that can guarantee that ALL innocent victims can and will have their wrongful convictions overturned. Click here for the Empowering the Innocent (ETI) website
Since February 2022, Michael has served as Editor-in-Chief of CCRC Watch, an Empowering the Innocent (ETI) project that he devised and created to highlight the limitations of the CCRC in dealing with applications from alleged innocent victims of wrongful convictions due to restrictive nature of the ‘real possibility’ test and the need for so called ‘fresh’ evidence. CCRC Watch features articles which centre on applications that are rejected by the CCRC, not because applicants are not innocent but, rather, because they are not deemed to have the so called ‘fresh’ evidence required to fulfil the real possibility test and have their case referred back to the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division). Overall, CCRC Watch aims to strengthen the case for the CCRC to be reformed or replaced so that ALL innocent victims can and will have their wrongful convictions overturned. Click here for the CCRC Watch website
Important note: Any views expressed on this website do not represent those of Michael Naughton’s employer.