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

Police time and money go to pot

May 19, 2017 | Ruth Hopkins
Mail and Guardian

If dagga is decriminalised, R3.5-billion could be invested annually in serious crimes.  It may take some of the pressure off the clogged-up court system, an overburdened police force, severely overcrowded prisons and see more successful prosecutions for murders such as that of Karabo Mokoena.

A history of American lynchings

May 10, 2017

A soil collection project is commemorating the forgotten victims of lynching and helping to tell their stories.

Op-Ed: The contrition clause of parole

Apr 21, 2017 | Ruth Hopkins
Daily Maverick

While the parole system or parole boards cannot fix a wrongful conviction, the “contrition” requirement in the parole process currently functions as a quid pro quo for release. This is disproportionately punitive towards people who still maintain their innocence.

Outreach & Education