Entry 2: The Challenges, The Criminal Appeal Process and the Adequateness
It is of great importance to discuss the challenges faced by indeterminate sentence prisoners maintaining factual innocence as it forms many questions revolving around the criminal appeals process and the adequacy of procedures as it pertains to the prison system, the Parole Board and the Criminal Case Review Commission (CCRC). I will discuss these issues in light of Stefan Kiszko and a comparison of both Canada 's and Australia 's appeal system.
The challenges faced by indeterminate sentence prisoners maintaining factual innocence is preposterous as it constitutes as a barrier rather than a questioning of the innocence and the pursuance…show more content… In addition, the prison system is based on a reward-system where if the prisoners act in accordance with the prisons rules and participate in programs, then they may be offered an early release on parole as a basis for reward. However, the refusal to acknowledge guilt impacts this reward-system because indeterminate sentence prisoners maintaining factual innocence are non-compliant with sentence programmes and lack participation. Another challenge faced by those maintaining factual innocence is the issue of false confessions. Many prisoners who are factually innocent have become victims of signing or agreeing to false confessions with the prospect of being released from interrogation, promises of a parole deal, or early release. This was the case of Stefan Kiszko as he was convicted on the basis of a false confession and had been urged throughout to admit to the guilt. In addition, in 1983 Kiszko was told that he would be eligible for parole if he admitted to the murder and sexual assault of Lesley Molseed. The Kiszko case exemplifies the challenges that are faced among indeterminate sentence prisoners by which such challenges are not an issue of concern for the Parole Board and therefore need to be addressed.
Criminal Appeal Process
As of 1 January 1997, the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) was enacted as established by the