PROOF, ISSUE 2 OUT NOW

 

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CONTENTS

The dark corners of our justice system: Eric Allison 

What are they hiding?  Alex Cavendish

Can art transcend prison’s grim reality? Andrew Neilson 

Unlocking detention: Eiri Ohtani 

Why doesn’t the Home Office allow MPs into Yarl’s Wood? Catherine West

Hidden: Photo-essay by Andrew Aitchison

Drawing the line: Isobel Williams

 

Spooking justice: David Rose 

The secret trial of Erol Incedal: Ian Cobain 

Open justice? You will have to find us first: Phil Chamberlain 

‘There is a tragic lack of humility in our justice system’: Jon Robins meets Dean Strang and Jerome Buting, the unlikely lawyer-heroes of the Netflix hit Making a Murderer 

Open Justice Charter

Unmaking a murderer: Sophie Walker explains why

Catch 22: Dennis Eady

Justice must be seen to be done: Judith Townend

Drawing the line: Isobel Williams
 

 

Truth and justice: David James Smith

 The other side of the camera: Louise Shorter 

Living with the enemy: Jon Robins interviews Duncan Campbell 

Where did everyone go? Bob Woffinden

The case of the disappearing court reporter: Brian Thornton


Editors: Jon Robins and Brian Thornton

Designer: Andrew Stocks

Illustrator: Isobel Williams

Photographer: Andrew Aitchison

Publisher: Justice Gap

 

We are very grateful to 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, Hodge Jones & Allen, Bowden Jones and Black Letter Law.

 


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.’

 


CONTENTS

 

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

 

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