Sent to prison for a murder I didn't commit: Michael's Story

Michael O’Brien was sent to prison for a murder he didn't commit.

11 years and 43 days later he was released, thanks to the help of the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC), an independent public body set up to investigate possible miscarriages of justice.

This is his survivor’s story.

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Support for families and friends of prisoners. Telephone listening and counselling nationwide, group meetings and face-to-face support.

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