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Prison Experience and Coping Mechanisms of Those Claiming Wrongful Conviction

Emma Burtt of the University of Oxford is conducting doctoral research into the prison experience and coping mechanisms of those claiming wrongful conviction. She is looking for current prisoners who are seeking to overturn their conviction to take part in her study and has asked MOJUK whether any of our readers might be interested in becoming involved.

The research aims to understand the lives and experiences of prisoners claiming wrongful conviction and find out about the consequences that these claims can have. If you take part you will be asked to write an account of your experiences. A list of headings / questions will be provided to guide you, although there will be plenty of space for you to tell your own story in your own way. These questions will relate to attitudes, relationships, coping strategies and issues related to fairness and justice.

A stamped addressed envelope for you to send your accounts will also be provided. All information will be kept strictly confidential once it is received, although mail may be read when leaving the prison. Please remember that this is a research study and Emma will not be able to offer legal advice or represent participants in any way.

In order to take part, participants –

• Must be current prisoners claiming wrongful conviction in England or Wales and

• Must have applied, or be in the process of applying, to the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC). This application must be for a review of the conviction you are currently imprisoned for, and not a review about the length of sentence.

If you would like to take part, or know of someone who may be interested in taking part:

Please contact Emma via post at Emma Burtt, Centre for Criminology, Manor Road Building, Manor Road, Oxford, OX1 3UQ or via email at emma.burtt@crim.ox.ac.uk