The Centre for Criminal Appeals dedicates its practice to challenging unsafe convictions and unjust sentences. The ATJF awarded the Centre £10,000 in order for appellant prisoners to gain access to trial transcripts, which are usually unaffordable due to the high rates of private transcription companies. A case that benefitted greatly from this increase in funding involved Mr X, a self-represented, vulnerable person serving a sentence of 30 years. The centre obtained trial recordings and had them transcribed by a team of five volunteers. The recordings revealed the disadvantage suffered by this wrongfully convicted prisoner, due to his lack of formal education and the absence of a legal professional at his trial.
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