wits justice project

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.

Investigative Journalism

Report into alleged torture at Free State correctional centre still unpublished

Jun 05, 2018 | 702 Talk Radio
702 Talk Radio

In 2013 Wits Justice Project's Ruth Hopkins uncovered gross human right's violations in Mangaung prison in Bloemfontein, including electroshocking, forced injection with antipsychotic drugs, legnthy segregations  and abuse at the hands of prison warders. 


G4S snared by torture allegations at Bloemfontein jail

Jun 05, 2018

Inmates say they were given electric shocks and forcibly injected at the multinational security company’s Mangaung Correctional Centre, writes Ruth Hopkins


Justice isn’t always just. Just ask exoneeres at Innocence Network Conference in Memphis, Tennessee

May 23, 2018

None of the exonerees who journeyed to Memphis from all over the US traveled light. With an astonishing 3,501 years behind bars clocked up between them for heinous crimes they did not commit – including arson, murder, rape, and robbery – these “innocents” of all ages, stages, colours and creeds ...


Outreach & Education

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