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

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.

I Met with Martin Luther King Minutes Before He Was Murdered

Apr 04, 2017 | Ruth Hopkins

He was the only man with the power to unite my militant black power group and his civil rights movement. Then, 49 years ago today, a single bullet changed history. By John Burl Smith, as told to Ruth Hopkins 

Outreach & Education