JP has an interest in society from politics to the birds in the trees. Having overcome alcohol misuse as a young man, a period of homelessness and a former mental health professional, JP has turned his mind to the state of the Criminal Justice System.
MARK FLETTON LL.B (Hons) LL.M (Cantab)
Mark was a practising barrister for seventeen years, and is now a writer/researcher, living in Exeter, Devon. Mark is a battle-hardened supporter of Sheffield Wednesday FC.
Jo has seen the CJS from a different side. Her son was falsely accused of a number of sexual abuse offences. 17-years old at the time, Jo’s son had to leave the family home as he had a younger sister. Single-handedly, Jo recognised that these allegations were false and the case was withdrawn by the crown. Since then, Jo has developed an understanding of a more sinister side of the CJS, the world of the falsely accused. Her son has now moved forward with his life. Jo highlights the injustice of false allegations and is a pillar of strength and tenacity to any person who ends up in the hands of the justice system.
Tracey McMahon is an active voice in offender habilitation, as she likes to call it. After serving a suspended sentence & a short-lived period of homelessness, Tracey has researched and highlighted how habilitation is lacking in society. Tracey is a transcriber, copywriter and translator. She is a contributor to Criminal Law & Justice Weekly, World Medical Times and is the author of “View From an Offender” series at UK Criminal Law Blog.
Tracey also contributed to Transforming Rehabilitation – Under the Microscope put together by The Hallam Centre for Community Justice published in December 2013. This was a special edition and explores the TR agenda. The book can be purchased from the Community Justice Portal at a cost of £5.00 + £2.00 P&P from:
This blog looks at the Criminal Justice System from the ground up. With a range of contributors who have all been touched by the CJS at some point in their lives, the blog looks to explain the CJS from those who have first-hand experience.
The Criminal Justice System is complex. The boundaries are understood by those who work within – yet there are people out there who have experienced the CJS in many forms.
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