Welcome to the personal website of Dr Michael Naughton who has researched and written extensively on the criminal justice system to define and emphasize the likely scale, causes and forms of harm associated with ‘miscarriages of justice’, with a particular focus on the wrongful conviction and/or imprisonment of factually innocent victims.
Michael is also known for pioneering the introduction of innocence projects into UK universities (for information click here and here) and for his efforts to effect changes to the criminal justice system so that innocent victims 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 on miscarriages of justice and wrongful convictions and imprisonment (click here for ‘Publications by year’) and information on his wider activities, too (click here and here and here).
It also hosts Empowering the Innocent (ETI), a research and education project founded and directed by Dr Naughton, which builds on his work and experiences with Innocence Network UK and its member innocence projects. Crucially, ETI engages widely on the causes of wrongful convictions and the barriers to them being overturned, with the overall aim of transforming the criminal justice system so innocent victims are guaranteed to be able to overturn their wrongful convictions when they occur (click here for Empowering the Innocent (ETI)).
Important note: Any views expressed on this website do not represent those of Michael Naughton’s employer.