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PostSubject: BBC Scotland Series to Probe Criminal Justice System   Wed Sep 03, 2008 5:50 pm

A three-part series from BBC Scotland's investigations unit is to turn the spotlight on the criminal justice system.

And the first programme explores the story of one of Scotland's biggest miscarriages of justice in recent years.

In Corrupt Cops: The Inconvenient Truths, reporter, Mark Daly, examines the investigation into the death of Dunfermline man, Drew Forsyth. Two men spent ten years in jail before their convictions were quashed after judges heard that police suppressed evidence, ignored witnesses and misled prosecuting authorities to secure a conviction.

Daly, who went undercover himself as a policeman, five years ago, for the BBC TV documentary, The Secret Policeman, tracks down those responsible for the miscarriage of justice.

The 30-minute programme goes out on BBC One Scotland a week on Wednesday, at 10.40pm.

The second programme, on the second of next month, examines the relatively high number of attacks on Scotland's police officers.

A BBC Scotland spokesperson told allmediascotland: “Research shows that police in Scotland are in more danger of being attacked than their counterparts in the rest of the UK and Western Europe."

In the third programme, on the ninth of next month, the issue of prison overcrowding will
come under scrutiny.

BBC Scotland's investigations unit, led by investigations editor, Marcus Ryder, is also producing a film examining the state of the prison service across the UK for a forthcoming Panorama programme.
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