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

What solitary confinement really means for SA's prisoners

Aug 06, 2018 | Sumeya Gasa
Times Live

In the past, solitary confinement was primarily used as a means of punishment and, according to International Human Rights Law, constitutes torture.

The Price Of A Criminal Record

Aug 06, 2018 | Janessa Andiorio
Daily Vox

Being unemployed is hard, but add a criminal record into the mix – wrongfully convicted or not – makes finding a job close to impossible.

Innocence versus the plea deal: How justice fails

Jun 27, 2018 | Azarrah Abdul Karrim
City Press

Lawyers can sometimes bully an accused into signing a deal to save time in court, writes Azarrah Abdul Karrim. At the age of 19, Calvin Moyo left Zimbabwe in search of a better life in South Africa. His siblings were already in the country and his brother took him in.

Outreach & Education