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

Wrongly Convicted Oklahoma Man Is Free

Wrongly Convicted Oklahoma Man Is Free

A judge vacates the conviction of Salaam Moore, who served nearly two decades for a murder he did not commit. Read the full story here.

Judge Vacates Two Illinois Men’s Murder Convictions

Judge Vacates Two Illinois Men’s Murder Convictions

Charles Johnson and Larod Styles, who have spent 20 years in prison for a double murder, receive new trials in light of fingerprint evidence that points to their innocence. Read the full story here.

Maryland Man Wins New Trial

Maryland Man Wins New Trial

A Baltimore judge vacates the murder conviction and grants a new trial to Adnan Syed, whose case was the subject of the podcast “Serial.” Read the full story here.

Death Denied: Part Two of a Series
Fallon Schlossman interviews Ralph V. “Terry” Hadley III, who represented William Thomas “Tommy” Zeigler at trial. (Jacqueline Montalvo/The Medill Justice Project)

Death Denied: Part Two of a Series

Medill Justice Project podcast provides rare behind-the-scenes look at investigation of death row inmate’s case. Listen to the podcast here.

Death Denied: Part One of a Series

Death Denied: Part One of a Series

A Medill Justice Project investigation of a Florida man condemned to death row finds crucial details overlooked in the case. Read the full story here.

Alone No More

Alone No More

After over three decades in isolation, inmate Kenny “Zulu” Whitmore is acclimating to his new life in the general prison population. Read the full story here.

Witnesses in Court Hearing Say Key Information Was Withheld as Del Prete Continues to Fight to Clear Her Name

Witnesses in Court Hearing Say Key Information Was Withheld as Del Prete Continues to Fight to Clear Her Name

Two years after she was released from prison, Jennifer Del Prete challenges her shaken-baby syndrome murder conviction at a hearing in state court. Read the full story here.

Inmate Released From Solitary Confinement After About 36 Years, MJP Confirms

Inmate Released From Solitary Confinement After About 36 Years, MJP Confirms

Freed from isolation, Kenny “Zulu” Whitmore has been moved to the general prison population little more than a year after MJP probe. Read the full story here.


June 2016

In June 2016, Prof. Alec Klein, MJP director, spoke on a panel at the Investigative Reporters & Editors conference in New Orleans on The Medill Justice Project and investigating potentially wrongful convictions.

May 2016

In May 2016, the Chicago Headline Club, one of the largest chapters of the national Society of Professional Journalists, awarded MJP four Peter Lisagor Awards for Exemplary Journalism—the most we have won in a single year. In the past five years, MJP has won nine Lisagor awards and been named a finalist for 18. The awards used to be limited to the best professional journalists based in Chicago and northwest Indiana, but this year the region expanded to include the full state of Illinois in addition to parts of Indiana.

April 2016

In April 2016, Prof. Alec Klein, MJP director, gave a talk, “The Medill Justice Project: Investigating Potentially Wrongful Convictions,” to Northwestern University alumni, parents and friends in Washington, D.C.

April 2016

The Medill Justice Project is proud to present MJP-TV, a weekly interview-style television program that discusses local, national and international criminal justice issues. Beginning May 12, Chicago audiences can watch MJP-TV on Thursdays at 10:30 p.m. and Fridays at midnight on CAN TV.