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Dr Michael Naughton is a socio-legal academic and writer. He has received numerous awards and prizes for his work, which focuses on ‘miscarriages of justice’ and the wrongful conviction and/or imprisonment of factually innocent victims. He currently holds a Readership in Sociology and Law at the University of Bristol across the Law School and the School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies (SPAIS).

2017: New book chapter by Dr Michael Naughton and Professor C. Ronald Huff | University of Bristol Law School | University of Bristol

Michael is known for setting up the first innocence project in the UK, the University of Bristol Innocence Project (click here), and spearheading the introduction of a further 34 innocence projects into other UK universities and one in a corporate law firm under Innocence Network UK (INUK) (click here). He is also known for the focus of his research, which is aimed at reforming problematic aspects of 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).

Since September 2019, Michael has been the Founder and Director of Empowering the Innocent (ETI), a research and criminal justice reform project (click here for the Empowering the Innocent (ETI) website). The overall aim of Empowering the Innocent (ETI) is widespread reforms of the criminal justice system, appeals system and the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) so that the emphasis is on the pursuit of truth in alleged cases of wrongful conviction rather than compliance with legal doctrines and procedures. Only then can true justice prevail for victims of crime and victims of wrongful convictions, alike. To this end, Empowering the Innocent (ETI) has so far set up two associated projects, CCRC Watch (click here for information) and False Allegations Watch (FAW) (click here for information). These projects give voice to alleged innocent victims of wrongful convictions to highlight the limitations and/or outright failings of the existing structures and cultures of criminal justice system, criminal appeals system and the CCRC with the aim of fostering public support as a precursor to criminal justice reforms.

This website provides access to Michael’s publications (4 books (click here) and over 70 articles, book chapters and other publications on miscarriages of justice and wrongful convictions and imprisonment (click here).

It also provides information on his wider activities in terms of media interviews and appearances (click here), invited presentations (click here) and academic presentations (click here).

Important note: Any views expressed on this website do not represent those of Michael Naughton’s employer.