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Justice charity has new secure portal

28 June 2024

For a modest grant, the small charity Inside Justice was able to create a secure, highly encrypted portal to allow for the reporting of miscarriages of justice.

The award-winning charity conducts casework investigations on behalf of people who claim they have been wrongly convicted, and it receives more than a thousand requests for support a year.

Previously, if serving prisoners contacted the organisation they had no option but to send the hard copy of their case papers – papers which could include highly confidential information such as the details of police officers, victims, witnesses and the legal team, Scene of Crime photos, police reports and more. This is because inmates have no access to scanning facilities or emails, other than a written pre-paid reply option via Email A Prisoner, which does not allow attachments.

With a WCIT Charity grant of £2,400, Inside Justice was able to create an online application portal for prisoners or their families to securely upload digital documents. As well as providing the facility to report a suspected miscarriage of justice, the portal gives guidance on the miscarriage of justice sector, advice on how to understand and navigate the appeal process, and links and signposting to other organisations. It also allows for the anonymous reporting of a Human Rights issue or a miscarriage of justice.