Lizzie Donoghue

Lizzi donoghue ‘junk’ forensic science landed mother of three in jail for husband’s killing Mother of three Lizzi Donoghue was convicted on the basis of flawed forensic evidence “It’s like a bad dream…I just want my mum out.” – Helen, Lizzi’s eldest daugter On the evening of 23 April 2004, Elizabeth Donoghue was upstairs in…

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Righting Wrongs – Barriers to women seeking justice

Righting Wrongs What are the barriers to women seeking to overturn unsafe convictions or unfair sentences in the court of appeal (criminal division) Appeals to the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division) have dropped by 36% from 2011 to 2019. Recent research has highlighted the particular vulnerabilities of women in prison, leading to concerns women may…

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System snares just for women

System snares, just for women APPEAL’s Camille Wrightson dives into our latest policy reform efforts to make sentences for women facing disadvantage fairer   APPEAL’s specialist women’s justice lawyers use strategic litigation to appeal sentences and convictions for women experiencing severe disadvantage in the criminal justice system; women who are victims of domestic abuse, whose…

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TV Licensing FAQs

Are you being prosecuted for not paying your TV licence? We may be able to help… If you or anyone you know has been or is being prosecuted or threatened with prosecution for not paying their TV licence, we may be able to help. You can find more general information on this issue via our…

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Ending council tax imprisonment

End Council Tax Imprisonment Poverty is Not a Crime As hard as it is to believe, between 2010 and 2017, nearly 700 people were sent to prison for not paying their council tax. Many have not defaulted on their debt voluntarily – they found themselves unable to pay due to a lack of resources. APPEAL…

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TV Licensing must stop prosecuting people in genuine hardship

TV Licensing must stop prosecuting people in genuine hardship   As energy prices skyrocket and poverty is on the rise, it has never been more important to stop criminalising those in debt. Thousands could be left not only shivering and unable to pay their bills, but also criminalised for defaulting on their TV licence. APPEAL,…

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Poverty is not a crime: ending imprisonment for debt

Poverty is not a crime: ending imprisonment for debt Did you know that you can end up in prison for owing council tax or for not paying the TV licence fines? Shocking but true. Furthermore, the criminalisation of debt is an issue that disproportionately affects women. In 2020, 75 per cent of all prosecutions for…

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Submission on Sentencing Council “Imposition of community and custodial sentences guideline”

Submission to Sentencing Council  Imposition of community and custodial sentences guideline APPEAL /// february 2023   The Women’s Justice Initiative supports the Sentencing Council’s proposal to introduce a new section on female offenders, but stresses the often causative relationship between women’s offending and the domestic abuse including coercive control they experience. Download this report as…

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Submission to Sentencing Council “Miscellaneous amendments to sentencing guidelines”

Submission to Sentencing Council “Miscellaneous amendments to sentencing guidelines” APPEAL /// November 2023   The Women’s Justice Initiative provides our views on the Sentencing Council’s proposals to amend different sentencing guidelines, including relating to coercive control in manslaughter cases and pregnant defendants. Download this report as a PDF Download Response to the Crime Lower Consultation…

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