Category: Articles

Bias and Injustice – A David and Goliath Story 0

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 –...

Surviving Captivity – Tips from Prison for the Coronavirus Lockdown 0

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...

Words and Music with Terry Waite 0

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,...

The case for decriminalisation 0

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...

Book Review: Parole and Beyond – International Experiences of Life after Prison 0

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...

Innocence Projects – Green Shoots 0

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 [1]      Over the past...

The Legacy of Magna Carta 0

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...

We need our Innocence Projects now more than ever 0

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...

Prisoner Suffrage – Draft Voting Eligibility (Prisoners) Bill 0

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...

Memorial Service Eulogy 0

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...