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Guilty by Association

★★★★ The Times
Hard-hitting - The Sun
Excellent - Radio Times
★★★★ Daily Mail

Alex has been charged with a murder committed by a friend in a spontaneous fight; Wayne has been convicted of possessing a firearm he never touched; Joseph is serving a life sentence for a murder he didn't even see. All of them have been convicted using the law of joint enterprise, under which a person in a group or gang can be held responsible for the criminal acts of others.
Guilty By Association
Guilty By Association
Joint enterprise is a 300 year-old law which has been increasingly used in recent years to combat the rise in gang violence. Its supporters argue that it ensures that those who encourage violent crimes are held responsible for their actions and that it deters further violence. It has been used to secure convictions in a number of high-profile murder cases, including two of the killers of Stephen Lawrence and the three murderers of Ben Kinsella. Others argue that it is leading to wrongful convictions of people who were only on the periphery of a crime, but who will, nevertheless, be sentenced to mandatory life sentences.
Guilty By Association
Guilty By Association
This documentary follows the story of Alex's family after his arrest and during his trial for murder at the Old Bailey and also examines the cases of Wayne and Joseph. We speak to defence lawyers, prosecutors and also to the families of victims, including the Kinsellas, who believe that without joint enterprise their children's killers would have walked free. The programme raises questions about how we deal with group violence, what makes a murderer and whether we are locking young people away on life sentences for crimes they did not commit.
Useful links

Campaign group Joint Enterprise Not Guilty By Association (JENGbA)
Independent report into joint enterprise by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism
Broadcast on BBC One, 7th July 2014.

Director/Producer: Fran Robertson
Editor: John Mister
Executive Producer: Ros Franey
Consultant Producer: Melanie McFadyean
Assistant Producer: Alexis L Wood
Camera: Adam Tysoe
Guilty by Association DVD

Guilty by Association can also be watched for free via the BBC Media Centre site here.

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