PROOF, ISSUE 1
Editors: Jon Robins and Brian Thornton
Designer: Andrew Stocks
Illustrator: Isobel Williams
Photographer: Andrew Aitchison
Subeditor: Guy Skelton
Publisher: Justice Gap
We are very grateful for the following for their generous support. Proof magazine was sponsored by Cardiff Law School’s Innocence Project. It was produced with the Winchester University’s crime and justice research centre. Thanks to QualitySolicitors Jordan.
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JUSTICE IN A TIME OF MORAL PANIC
The first issue of Proof magazine is a collection of essays on the theme of Justice in a Time of Moral Panic from a range of contributors from a range of backgrounds and different, often contrasting views. Contributors were invited to write for the collection. They were sent a commissioning brief explaining the idea of the collection of essays based around a central theme of ‘justice and moral panic’.
The brief explained:
‘Above all, we want the collection to stimulate a debate about an important and difficult issue. As part of the broader JusticeGap project, we want to raise awareness about the important subject of miscarriages of justice and, in particular, the dangers of a pendulum swing towards the rights of victims at the expense of the rights of the accused.’
SALEM COMES TO SALISBURY
Contributors were free to agree, disagree and respond however they wanted to the brief.
From the introduction by David Jessel:
‘I admit that I thought ‘moral panic’ was pushing it a bit, when I was asked to write the introduction for this compilation brought together by the excellent (and indeed prize-winning) Justice Gap.
But as I sit down at the laptop, Radio 4 announces that the police are standing outside Ted Heath’s home and appealing for victims of the former prime minister’s sex crimes to come forward. Salem, it seems, has come to Salisbury. Only this time, the witch-hunt isn’t for the culprits – the search is for victims of crimes which haven’t yet even been alleged.’
Something good has to come of this Simon Warr
In Memoriam Noel Hartnett David Rose
I don’t want to see new myths replace old Alison Saunders
Savile, Bryn Estyn & the danger of modern witch-hunts
Mark Barlow and Mark Newby
Justice cannot be time-limited Richard Scorer
Victim or complainant? Researching historic abuse allegations
Mark Smith, Steve Kirkwood, Clare Llewellyn, and Ros Burnett
Innocent until proven dead Susanne Cameron-Blackie
Victimology and ‘justice as therapy’ Barbara Hewson
The abuse pendulum Peter Garsden
Thinking the unthinkable Dennis Eady
‘Jihadi John’: how to make a moral panic Alan Grattan
Telling the truth about the scum Chris Horrie
Institutionalising miscarriages of justice Bob Woffinden
Justice, moral panic and the Irish Paul May
The ricin ‘terror plot’ that never was Fiona Bawdon
Does the press really need to depict kids as monsters? Penelope Gibbs
ISSUE 2, COMING SOON
Proof magazine, issue 2 (Out of sight) will explore the limits of open justice and those parts of the justice system hidden from view.
Jon is editor of the Justice Gap. He is a freelance journalist. Jon's books include The First Miscarriage of Justice (Waterside Press, 2014), The Justice Gap (LAG, 2009) and People Power (Daily Telegraph/LawPack, 2008). Jon is a journalism lecturer at Winchester University and a visiting senior fellow in access to justice at the University of Lincoln. He is twice winner of the Bar Council's journalism award (2015 and 2005) and is shortlisted for this year's Criminal Justice Alliance's journalism award