Articles

Mark continues to study and write whilst in prison. Here are some of the articles he has had published.

Wrongful Convictions and Bad Juries – ‘Lurking Doubt’ in the Court of Appeal

Wrongful Convictions and Bad Juries – ‘Lurking Doubt’ in the Court of Appeal
Proving your innocence in most cases requires finding some ‘fresh evidence’ that wasn’t available at your original trial, a challenge that stops many a wrongly convicted person in their tracks. Unless you are one of the lucky few able to ...

Getting a Wrongful Conviction back into Court: A tortured path

Getting a Wrongful Conviction back into Court: A tortured path
Most people wrongly convicted of a crime are quick to lodge an appeal within the allotted 28-day time limit. Unless there was something seriously wrong with the actual trial process however, your only hope of an acquittal is to find ...

The APPG on Miscarriages of Justice – Unfinished Business

The APPG on Miscarriages of Justice – Unfinished Business
In 2019, a Westminster Commission made up of a growing number of MPs concerned by the rising tide of wrongful convictions across England and Wales was formed across party political lines in search of solutions. Establishing an All-Party Parliamentary Group ...

Bias and Injustice – A David and Goliath Story

Bias and Injustice – A David and Goliath Story
Samuel Alexander disappeared in 2009. His body was later found buried at his family home. Despite a lack of DNA, eyewitnesses, or murder weapon – and with no cause or date of death – his only son Mark was convicted ...

Surviving Captivity – Tips from Prison for the Coronavirus Lockdown

Surviving Captivity – Tips from Prison for the Coronavirus Lockdown
The universality of Coronavirus (COVID-19), and the resulting measures being taken to limit its spread, represents a unique moment in the history of mankind. The experience of shared hardships has touched all of us at the same ...

Words and Music with Terry Waite

Words and Music with Terry Waite
Mark organised a small fundraising event for Emmaus UK some years ago, whilst in prison. Terry Waite CBE, President of the charity, invited Mark to curate an afternoon of ‘Words and Music’ with him, reflecting upon a selection of moving ...

The case for decriminalisation

The case for decriminalisation
Mark’s visceral experience of the criminal justice system has impressed upon him the urgent need for reform. “You just don’t learn this kind of thing at law school, the real, practical issues that undermine and delegitimise the entire process”. Invited ...

Book Review: Parole and Beyond – International Experiences of Life after Prison

Book Review: Parole and Beyond – International Experiences of Life after Prison
Asked to write a book review for the Prison Service Journal, Mark submitted this thought provoking piece on ‘Parole and Beyond‘, a comparative study of international parole systems that shines a spotlight on the hidden workings and effects of correctional ...

Innocence Projects – Green Shoots

Innocence Projects – Green Shoots
Mark Alexander writing on the resurgence and growth of innocence projects in universities Originally published in Criminal Law and Justice Weekly – Issue 23 (2016) 180 JPN 411 – 415       Over the past 9 months I’ve been trying to get ...

The Legacy of Magna Carta

Mark originally wrote this article for Inside Time, the national newspaper for prisoners and criminal justice practitioners in England and Wales. This June marks the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta, much lauded as the foundation stone of our British legal ...

We need our Innocence Projects now more than ever

A shorter version of this article was first published on the Justice Gap The announcement that Innocence Network UK (INUK) had disbanded in September 2014 came as a real shock to those of us on the inside still fighting for justice. There ...

Prisoner Suffrage – Draft Voting Eligibility (Prisoners) Bill

The Joint Committee on the draft Voting Eligibility (Prisoners) Bill – comprised of 6 MPs and 6 Peers –recently invited interested organisations and individuals to tender written evidence as part of their inquiry into Prisoner Voting. This follows pressure on ...

Memorial Service Eulogy

Memorial Service Eulogy
Although Mark wasn’t allowed to attend his father’s funeral as he awaited trial, friends were able to deliver this eulogy – written by Mark for the occasion – on his behalf, during the service held on 27 April 2010. Golden Memory Familiar ...

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