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

Departmental Reports – where truth hides in plain sight

Dec 08, 2016 | Carolyn Raphaely
The Daily Maverick

Anyone taking the time to mine the turgid annual reports of SA’s bloated bureaucracy will occasionally be rewarded with a gem – a valuable nugget of information which will make the mostly tedious task worthwhile.


Capital punishment: A thin line between life and death

Dec 01, 2016 | Ruth Hopkins
The Daily Maverick

The deadly margin of error in death penalty cases should come as a salutary warning to those wanting to reinstate capital punishment in South Africa. Consider the case of Anthony Ray Hinton from Alabama, US.


The Rottweiler, the Warders, the Dead Inmate and the Video Footage that spurred a Judge to action

Nov 28, 2016 | Carolyn Raphaely
The Daily Maverick

Clearly the use of force behind bars is highly contentious. In terms of the law, the only permissible force is minimum or necessary force, used to stop or prevent a dangerous situation. Any other force is regarded as gratuitous, excessive and unlawful. Yet prison officials operating in the context ...


Outreach & Education

Insights