The Wits Justice Project investigates miscarriages of justice and raises awareness of issues within the criminal justice system with an aim to advocate for change, strengthen procedures and build on reform efforts. This is achieved through investigative journalism, advocacy, research and education.
Every day, South African police officers and prison wardens go to work, armed with legal tools that can be used to torture. Electric shock devices, tonfas, pepper spray and rubber bullets are classified as non-lethal weapons and therefore are assumed to be a safer alternative to guns. But the Omega ...
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Roughly 95% of the current 7 800 inmates at Rikers are people of colour. This reflects a national trend: in the United States, one out of three black men can expect to go to prison in their lifetime and African-American women are three times more likely to be jailed than white women.
While parole is not a right, and can never be guaranteed, inmates do have a legal right to be considered by the parole board. Maladministration within the system has become so pervasive, however, that many lifers now feel approaching the court is the only way this will happen – an issue of which the ...
Advocacy is a collective civil society effort in which the Wits Justice Project and our strategic partners (both in our individual and joint capacities) work together in tackling grave issues such as torture and abuse, denial of procedural rights and holding our justice system and its component parts and people to account.
Congratulations to senior WJP journalist Carolyn Raphaely who was recently awarded a short fellowship by North Western University’s Medill Justice Project (MJP) in Chicago.
Prince Nare, Senior Programme Officer at Just Detention International - South Africa (JDI-SA) recently wrote an article for News24 about an inmate who contracted HIV after being raped behind bars. Read the full article below
The WJP's Director, Geraldine Moodley, was asked to comment on Greg Nicholson's recent article for the Daily Maverick in which he looks at Oscar Pistorius's 6 year sentence for the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. Read the full article here.