"Bringing hope to the innocent"
Miscarriages of Justice Organisation
When you wake up in the morning. Get dressed. Put on your coat and shoes. Go to work. Do you expect to come home, to find the police in your living room. Because you fit a profile. Because no one can confirm that you went out for a run that one night. Because they want someone to blame.
It is a common misconception that wrongful convictions are a rare and infrequent occurrence, that have only happened in the well documented cases such as the Birmingham Six, the Guildford Four, Stephen Downing and other well-known cases. Unfortunately, this is not the case - miscarriages of justice have simply faded from the political agenda. The system doesn't just sometimes get it wrong, it gets it wrong everyday, of every week, of every month of every year.
Not only are these people's lives ruined whilst they are in prison for a crime they didn't commit, but they are also permanently tarnished if and when they are finally exonerated. This is because even though they have been cleared of the crime and are declared innocent, society still judges them and looks down on them - sure they are guilty of something.
Wrongful convictions can happen for any number of reasons - the most common being inaccurate eyewitness testimonies and also false expert and forensic evidence. The Justice System seems to have their priorities set with seeking justice for the victim of a crime - however the wrongfully convicted are victims too.
The Miscarriages of Justice Organisation (MOJO) is a unique human rights organisation dedicated to assisting innocent people, who are in prison, and following their release. Their objective is to offer advice and support to people in prisons throughout the UK who are fighting to establish their innocence.
The organisation was founded in 2001 by Paddy Joe Hill, one of six innocent men wrongfully convicted in 1975 for the Birmingham pub bombings. The Birmingham Six’s convictions were finally quashed, and they were rereleased in March 1991.
MOJO's work falls into two categories. Supporting those in prison fighting to clear their names, and supporting those who have had their convictions quashed, and are trying to put the pieces of their lives back together.
They currently support over 55 individuals, together with their family members; both in prison, and in their communities and process over 100 new inquiries a year.
Miscarriages of justice are often overlooked in favour of giving closure to the victim of the crime. But this is not justice. This is why 50p of every copy of Insane sold is being donated to MOJO, to help bring hope to the innocent.