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Still working on the development of a suitable model for an Innocence Project (IP) in Tasmania. Found an extremely useful 2006 article by Dr Michael Naughton in the UK entitled "Wrongful Convictions and Innocence Projects in the UK: Help, Hope and Education" see article
Now that I am back from the International INJustice Conference in Perth and have had the opportunity to hear about other Innocence Projects (IPs) around the world (particularly the US), I am better placed to progress the establishment of an IP here in Tassie. At the conference, we heard about the Human Rights phenomenon, referred to as the "Innocence Movement", which is building around the world. IP's are being established in many different countries. For an idea of where such projects exist, please visit the links page of the WA IP at: Other IPs. Barry Scheck, a world leader in the IP field, advised that IPs were emerging in Singapore, Taiwan, Japan, China (where they are looking at a Criminal Cases Review Commission), Europe (notably in the Czech Republic and Poland) and in Latin America.
I am beginning to think that there may be a real need for an Innocence Project here in Tassie. Initially, I am going to explore the model that was adopted in WA. There are other Innocence Projects currently based at Griffith and Melbourne Universities. I do believe that there are many like-minded people in the Tasmanian community who would be keen to assist those persons who may have been wrongly convicted. It would be great to harness the talent, energy and intellect of those in the community who could assist in exonerating innocent persons. Uni students and graduates immediately come to mind, along with lawyers, people with skills in communications etc. My understanding is that WA also uses volunteers to help with admin, fund raising activities etc. There could also be potential to have a broad membership base, in order to keep people informed and get some real support for such an important initiative. It would also be great to see any research, findings or learnings converted into law reform and procedural change, in the longer term. In addition, networking with other Innocence Projects and the people involved in them would be of enormous benefit to enhancing the Australian criminal justice system for us all.