Judge for Yourself - How many are innocent
Judge for Yourself is a book that is long overdue - a well researched lay person's guide to the British legal system's appalling number of miscarriages of justice. Even more interestingly, it is an exploration of how such mistakes are allowed to continue, and how, despite an often blatant lack of evidence against them, many people have been - and still are - languishing in jail for crimes they did not commit.
Naylor starts from an intelligent and irrefutable premise: that any system of justice, being man made, is prone to error. That is not, she argues, a problem per se; the problem lies in the fact that the Establishment, in its indifference, arrogance and/or incompetence, refuses to take any serious action to correct these errors and prevent them from happening in the future.
This is a really interesting piece of work that highlights a serious problem and questions the very nature of the democratic processes that govern our lives. It is well worth a read....
"If one really wishes to know how justice is administered in a country, one does not question the policemen, the lawyers, the judges, or the protected members of the middle class. One goes to the unprotected - those, precisely, who need the laws protection most - and listens to their testimony."
By James Baldwin