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

Texas Will Temporarily Move Inmates From Prison Without Air Conditioning

Texas Will Temporarily Move Inmates From Prison Without Air Conditioning

After temperatures surpassed 100 degrees on 13 days last year, about 1,000 Wallace Pack Unit inmates will temporarily relocate to another prison or jail. Read the full story here.

Wrongly Convicted Massachusetts Man Is Free

Wrongly Convicted Massachusetts Man Is Free

Frederick Clay, who spent nearly 40 years in prison, is a free man after a judge vacated his murder conviction. Read full story here.

Judge Denies Compensation Request From Wrongly Convicted Wyoming Man

Judge Denies Compensation Request From Wrongly Convicted Wyoming Man

A federal judge dismisses a civil rights lawsuit from Andrew Johnson, who was freed by DNA evidence in 2013 after serving nearly 24 years in prison. Read the full story here.

The Art of Detainment: Guantánamo Bay, Cuba
Beyond the stairs leading to the second story of the cell block, a detainee walks toward the outdoor recreation area. (Allisha Azlan/The Medill Justice Project)

The Art of Detainment: Guantánamo Bay, Cuba

For the first time in its history, The Medill Justice Project reports from overseas. The U.S. military gives MJP rare access to detention camp in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. View a video of Guantánamo Bay, Cuba here.

Daylight

Daylight

View the photo slideshow about Guantánamo Bay here.

Code of Silence

Code of Silence

Distance and time, prison commodities, stretch before Andre Gonzales as he awaits a September court hearing in Miami that he hopes will lead to his freedom. Read the full story here.

Shadows and Ghosts

Shadows and Ghosts

Watch a video about Jennifer Del Prete’s relationship with her son here.

Hidden Scars

Hidden Scars

A mother and son try to move on from their painful pasts and reconnect after more than a decade. Read the full story here.


August 2017

In August 2017, The Medill Justice Project won a Salute to Excellence in Collegiate Journalism Award from the National Association of Black Journalists in “Online News Reporting” for our story about three-strikes laws and the Rodney Fisher case. The national competition recognizes reporting done by undergraduate and graduate journalism students that best covered people or issues in the black community.

August 2017

In August 2017, The Medill Justice Project conducted a session at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication’s annual conference in Chicago on how to create a journalism justice project at other universities.

July 2017

In July 2017, MJP spoke about its work to rising high school seniors participating in the Medill-Northwestern Journalism Institute, also known as Medill cherubs, a five-week summer journalism program.

June 2017

In June 2017, Northwestern University’s Digital Learning website featured a story about The Medill Justice Project investigative journalism class and MJP’s plans to develop a massive open online course (MOOC).