It is now almost universally accepted that our criminal justice system is broken. Anyone who has experienced its inner workings has a story to tell; from the accused to victims of crime, lawyers to probation officers, witnesses to judges. A decade of unparalleled cuts has completely reshaped our idea of criminal justice, an idea that was once envied globally. In Un:Just, we provide a space to tell the stories of that broken system.
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"I'm innocent, I'm innocent, I'm innocent" - The story of Winston Trew and the Oval four (Part II, Feat. Stephen Simmons & Jenny Wiltshire)
It took 47 years to overturn the convictions of Winston Trew and the Oval 4. When the illegal activities of corrupt cop, DS Derek Ridgewell, were presented to the Court of Appeal, Winston's conviction was ruled unsafe. This case shines a light on not only the wrongful actions of one police officer, but also on a wider systemic failure to right those wrongs. This is part 2 of 2 which features Stephen Simmons and Jenny Wiltshire.
"I felt my face getting tight and I could hardly breathe" - The story of Winston Trew and the Oval four (Part I)
On the 16th of March, 1972, Winston Trew, Sterling Christie, George Griffiths and Omar Boucher were heading home from a 'Fasimbas' meeting. When they arrived into Oval tube station, they were apprehended by a group of white men claiming to be police. Except no IDs were shown. A fight ensued, before the four men were framed for crimes that didn't happen and sentenced to two years in prison. Winston Trew tells Un:Just about that fateful day, which was just the prelude to a near fifty year fight for justice.
"The concept of redemption is extremely important" - What's happening with Parole? (Feat. CEO Martin Jones)
Generally, the inner workings of the parole board go under the radar in discussions around current affairs. When we do hear about it, it’s usually because a decision has been made to release a criminal who’s committed the most abhorrent crimes. How have things changed since the controversial 2018 decision to release John Warboys (AKA "the black cab rapist)? And how has Covid-19 affected proceedings? Aqsa Hussein speaks to CEO of the parole board, Martin Jones, and prison lawyers to find the answers.
"Like Amazon warehouses, treating people like cardboard boxes" - Prisons during a pandemic, an international view
Different jurisdictions worldwide are grappling to prevent massive outbreaks of Covid-19 in prisons. The UK has, thus far, maintained low death rate inside, but at what cost? Frances Crook, CEO of the Howard League for Penal Reform, says it's because prisoners are being locked up for at least 23 hours a day. How sustainable is this approach? In this episode, you'll hear from different jurisdictions in how they are coping. Are early release schemes the answer?
"Prison began when I walked out those gates" - Lady Unchained, her story and poetry
In this episode, you’ll hear the inspiring poet Brenda Birungi, better known as the Lady Unchained, tell her story through her poetry and a conversation over the phone with me. She is the founder of Unchained Poetry, an artist platform for people with lived experience of the justice system. Unchained seeks to provide an alternative path to ex-offenders within a system where that support is lacking.
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