© 2007

Rethinking Miscarriages of Justice

Beyond the Tip of the Iceberg


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Michael Naughton
    Pages 1-13
  3. Michael Naughton
    Pages 14-36
  4. Michael Naughton
    Pages 37-52
  5. Michael Naughton
    Pages 79-94
  6. Michael Naughton
    Pages 95-118
  7. Michael Naughton
    Pages 119-133
  8. Michael Naughton
    Pages 134-160
  9. Michael Naughton
    Pages 161-186
  10. Michael Naughton
    Pages 187-191
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 192-233

About this book


Drawing on Foucauldian theory and 'social harm' paradigms, Naughton offers a radical redefinition of miscarriages of justice from a critical perspective. This book uncovers the limits of the entire criminal justice process and challenges the dominant perception that miscarriages of justices are rare and exceptional cases of wrongful imprisonment.


criminal justice government human rights

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of BristolUK

About the authors

MICHAEL NAUGHTON is a Lecturer in Sociology and Law at the University of Bristol, UK. He has written widely on miscarriages of justice and the wrongful conviction of the innocent, emphasizing the extensive range of harmful consequences that they engender. He founded the Innocence Network UK (INUK), and the University of Bristol Innocence Project (UoBIP), the first dedicated innocence project in the UK.

Bibliographic information


'It is important to refresh our perspectives upon the perennial problem of miscarriages of justice, and Michael Naughton. . . thoroughly explains to us in his book why, after a Royal Commission and so much criminal justice legislation, reform remains essential.' - Clive Walker, Professor of Criminal Justice Studies, Leeds University, UK

'This book provides a refreshing new approach to the analysis of miscarriages of justice. Drawing upon Foucault's analysis of governmentality and the emerging new perspective of zemiology, it maps a new terrain for understanding miscarriages. It is clearly written and succinct. It should be essential reading for students of law, criminology, sociology and politics.' - Paddy Hillyard, Professor of Sociology, Queen's University Belfast, UK

'Michael Naughton's analysis succeeds in identifying a new and relevant perspective which challenges some of the assumptions made by different groups within society about miscarriages of justice. . . Most importantly the book does move the miscarriage of justice debate forward, highlighting from a humanitarian perspective not only the true scale of the problem but also the devastating and often under-estimated extent of harm that results. In addition it reflects on some avenues and approaches that can be utilised to promote positive change rather than presenting as a document of despair. As such it is an important read for all parties concerned about this issue.' - Dennis Eady, Criminology and Criminal Justice

'. . . in this book Naughton attempts to contribute to new ways of thinking about and acting upon miscarriages of justice. . .' - The Criminal Lawyer