Miscarriages of Justice

Welcome to the Miscarriages of Justice website!

This website has been created to accompany recent publications in the field of criminology by author Ted Duhs. These publications include

(1) Crucial Errors in Murder Investigations published by Bond University Press in 2012

(2) "I Know Who Killed Betty Shanks" published by Boolarong Press in 2014

(3) Miscarriages of Justice in the UK, the US, Australia and NZ (in progress)

(4) "I Know Who Killed Betty Shanks", 2nd edition (forthcoming).

(5) "Controversial Convictions Based on DNA Evidence Alone", a 6,000 word (approx) paper that is yet to be published but will be made available soon (expected September or October 2018).

On this website you will find information about the book, about the author, reviews and citations of the book, and a live blog of case updates. Enjoy the site and feel free to contact the author.

© Ted Duhs (note this website is published by Ted Duhs and is not affiliated with Bond University Press.)

What are Miscarriages of Justice?

Miscarriages of justice have probably occurred in all countries, and have probably occurred at all times. They are obviously events of life-changing importance to those who are wrongfully convicted, and the effects of such conviction and incarceration are unlikely ever to be forgotten. Perhaps because these events are so directly devastating for so few, the rest of the community may sometimes be guilty of attaching inadequate importance to the processes and outcomes involved. To heighten community awareness of what is needed if we are to minimize the incidence of such miscarriages of justice, we need both to cultivate awareness of past cases and also to study the patterns involved when processes go wrong. To secure the release of a wrongfully convicted person is a victory - for him or her - and for the community as a whole, but we need to go further than that. We need to reform institutional structures and processes and put in place a framework in which future generations can place greater confidence in legal outcomes. read more...