The Medill Justice Project, founded at Northwestern University in 1999, is an award-winning national investigative journalism center that examines potentially wrongful convictions, probes systemic criminal justice issues and conducts groundbreaking research. As journalists, we advocate only for the truth.

–Prof. Alec Klein, director of The Medill Justice Project

Michigan House Approves Compensation Bills

Michigan House Approves Compensation Bills

The Michigan House passes bills that would provide compensation and reentry services to people who were wrongly convicted. Read the full story here.

New Jersey Governor Vetoes Bill Restricting Solitary Confinement

New Jersey Governor Vetoes Bill Restricting Solitary Confinement

Gov. Chris Christie vetoes a bill that would limit the use of solitary confinement for inmates who are 21 and under, 65 and older, mentally ill, disabled, pregnant or in the LGBT community. Read the full story here.

Wrongly Convicted North Carolina Man Receives Governor’s Pardon

Wrongly Convicted North Carolina Man Receives Governor’s Pardon

Gov. Pat McCrory grants a pardon of innocence to Timothy Bridges, who spent over 24 years in prison for a rape he did not commit. Read the full story here.

Crime and Punishment
Under Oklahoma’s habitual offender law, Rodney Fisher, 52, is serving a life sentence for a series of purse snatchings in the 1980s and a prison escape in 2004. (Kara Stevick/The Medill Justice Project)

Crime and Punishment

MJP investigates three-strikes laws and the case of an Oklahoma man convicted in a spate of purse snatchings and locked up for life. Read the full story here.

Former Rising Rap Star Seeks Clemency in Murder Conviction

Former Rising Rap Star Seeks Clemency in Murder Conviction

McKinley “Mac” Phipps Jr. files a petition for his sentence to be commuted, citing evidence supporting his claim of innocence discovered in a Medill Justice Project investigation. Read the full story here.

Judge Reverses Del Prete’s Murder Conviction, Orders New Trial

Judge Reverses Del Prete’s Murder Conviction, Orders New Trial

Ruling comes more than two years after a federal judge freed Del Prete from prison. Read the full story here.

BREAKING NEWS: JUDGE REVERSES DEL PRETE’S MURDER CONVICTION, ORDERS NEW TRIAL

BREAKING NEWS: JUDGE REVERSES DEL PRETE’S MURDER CONVICTION, ORDERS NEW TRIAL

More to come.

From Incarceration to Freedom: A Journey of Faith

From Incarceration to Freedom: A Journey of Faith

For Jennifer Del Prete, prison meant disappointment not just in the criminal justice system, but in God. Now, she clings to faith of her own making to maintain hope. Read the full story here.


November 2016

In November 2016, the Office of the Provost at Northwestern University awarded The Medill Justice Project a digital learning fellowship to develop a project impacting teaching, learning and innovation.

November 2016

In November 2016, The Medill Justice Project spoke to journalism students at Evanston Township High School in Evanston, Illinois, about the work we do.

October 2016

In October 2016, The Medill Justice Project conducted a session at the CMA Fall National College Media Convention in Atlanta on how to create journalism-based justice projects at other universities.

October 2016

In October 2016, The Medill Justice Project conducted a session at the ACP National College Media Convention in Washington, D.C., on how to create journalism-based justice projects at other universities.