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Working with prison media and others

We work with media publications for prisoners, publishing stories and adverts about the CCRC and our activities. We also get involved in campaigns with National Prison Radio (NPR).

These are important channels to reach potential applicants who would like the CCRC to review their cases.

Latest stories

2022

1 August 2022
GBH – but how much harm?

Cases where judges may have passed the wrong sentence are referred by CCRC to Court of Appeal.

July 2022
CCRC Chair in MJSS Newsletter

CCRC Chairman Helen Pitcher OBE on the CCRC and its links with the Miscarriages of Justice Support Service (MJSS)

1 June 2022
CCRC on National Prison Radio

Over the next few months, listen out for the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) on National Prison Radio for information on what the CCRC does and how to apply.

1 April 2022
Reduced sentence following time spent on remand

We at the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) haven’t spoken much about sentence cases that we send to the Court of Appeal. But here’s a very recent one you might be interested in. 

1 February 2022
Post Office cases: Further developments

In our August article, we wrote about the large number of applications which the CCRC had received from sub-postmasters. These individuals, who had worked at various branches of the Post Office, were convicted of theft, fraud or false accounting when auditors found less cash and stock at the branches than they had recorded.

2021

1 December 2021
Positive stories

As the year is coming to an end, we wanted to bring you some positive stories of some recent referrals we’ve had. This month especially, we’re writing to you about an interesting case we have just referred to the Court of Appeal. It concerns time spent on remand counting towards an applicant’s prison sentence.

1 October 2021
Covid cases – what sentencing principles should I be aware of?

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected many things surrounding the way we live our lives. The biggest impact within the criminal justice system is that it has made custody conditions more severe, due to the prolonged periods of time prisoners are spending in cells. 

1 June 2021
Another CCRC referral to the Appeal Court 

We know that many of you want more details about the types of cases the CCRC refers to the Appeal Court. The case has been anonymised due to the applicant’s age and vulnerability. 

31 March 2021
Fact or Fiction: The Appeal Court could double your sentence if you appeal?

It’s fiction! It’s highly unlikely that the Appeal Court will double your sentence if you appeal. You may have heard about something called ‘loss of time order’ or ‘loss of time direction’, but do you know what it means? You can also read about coercive control in this article.

8 March 2021
CCRC: “too deferential” and lacking “rigour”

The official body charged with investigating potential miscarriages of justice is “too deferential” to the courts and lacks “rigour” in some of its work, an inquiry has found.

31 January 2021
New applications welcome

There has been a lot in the news recently about Covid-19 related problems in the justice system and particularly about delays to tens of thousands of court cases. They are shocking statistics, but there is no need to be worried about Covid causing delays at the CCRC. 

2020

21 December 2020
CCRC calls for review of jury system

The watchdog which investigates miscarriages of justice has raised concerns over the system of jury trials and called for a review of possible alternatives.

1 October 2020
On the case again

This is the third year in a row that we have teamed up with the people at NPR to create programmes that are about the CCRC and what we do, but also about some particular issues that could be important to people who are thinking of appealing or, if they’ve already lost an appeal, are thinking of applying to us at the CCRC.

1 September 2020
‘Sally Arsenic’ goes back to the CCRC!

Historic murder conviction set for review by miscarriages commission. Conclusion may take some time, however, as case of hanged woman considered ‘low priority’.

2019 and earlier

30 August 2019
Murder and coercive control – is your conviction safe?

In last months issue of Inside Time the Criminal Cases Review Commission commented upon the successful appeal of Sally Challen, whose murder conviction for the killing of her husband was overturned on the basis of diminished responsibility. Over the years leading up to the killing, she had been the victim of her husband’s coercive and controlling behaviour.

28 July 2017
Appeals – Applying to the CCRC about your sentence

After our last column, one Inside Time reader wrote from a young offenders’ institution to ask a question about whether he had “reasonable grounds” to appeal against his sentence. In his letter he set out the reasons why he believes his sentence is “excessive”.

What’s on National Prison Radio

We also take part in campaigns on National Prison Radio, where we recently talked about what it is we do and two big cases featuring Winston Trew and Seema Misra. Hear the latest from National Prison Radio