The Medill Justice Project, founded at Northwestern University in 1999, is an award-winning investigative journalism enterprise that examines potentially wrongful convictions, probes national 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

Appeals Court Overturns Kansas Woman’s Conviction

Appeals Court Overturns Kansas Woman’s Conviction

A federal appeals court rules the confession of Kimberly Sharp, who was convicted in the 2006 death of a homeless activist, should have been inadmissible at trial. Read the full story here.

Judge Orders New Trial for Illinois Man Who Served 27 Years in Prison

Judge Orders New Trial for Illinois Man Who Served 27 Years in Prison

A Cook County judge vacates the murder and attempted rape convictions of Daniel Andersen eight years after the former inmate was released from prison. Read the full story here.

Violence Rises at New York City Jail Complex

Violence Rises at New York City Jail Complex

City records reveal over 100 stabbings and slashings occurred at Rikers Island this past year which is the most number at the jail system per year in more than a decade. Read the full story here.

Obama Tours Federal Prison in Oklahoma

Obama Tours Federal Prison in Oklahoma

Calling for changes to the country’s criminal justice system, President Barack Obama makes a trip to El Reno Federal Correctional Institution, marking the first time a sitting president has visited a federal prison. Read the full story here.

Code of Silence
Detective Arthur Nanni showed the surviving victim and sole eyewitness who testified at trial a photo array that included a picture of Andre Gonzales (pictured bottom left). The eyewitness identified Gonzales as his attacker with “60 percent” certainty. (Photo courtesy: Prosecutors’ office)

Code of Silence

The Medill Justice Project has tracked down a man who said he witnessed a murder a decade ago—and he said the accused who is serving a life sentence for the crime is not the killer. Read the full story here.

Medill Justice Project Petitions Wisconsin Appeals Court to Make Medical Records Public

Medill Justice Project Petitions Wisconsin Appeals Court to Make Medical Records Public

The Medill Justice Project petitioned a Wisconsin appeals court to make medical records public after a lower court blocked access despite the appeals court ruling the documents should be available for public inspection. Read the full story here.

Excerpts from an Interview: Arnold “Maniac” Clark

Excerpts from an Interview: Arnold “Maniac” Clark

The Medill Justice Project releases more audio clips from an interview with a new eyewitness who says a convicted killer did not commit a Miami murder. Listen to the clips here.

Prosecutors to Investigate Claims that a Miami Man Convicted of Murder Is Innocent

Prosecutors to Investigate Claims that a Miami Man Convicted of Murder Is Innocent

Miami-Dade prosecutors said they are looking into claims that a man convicted of a Miami murder is innocent in the wake of a Medill Justice Project investigation of the 2005 case. Read the full story here.

Photo Essay: Liberty City

Photo Essay: Liberty City

See images from the Liberty City neighborhood where the decade-old murder occurred. View the photo essay here.



A video from our Kenny “Zulu” Whitmore investigation.

June 2015

In June 2015, the National Association of Black Journalists recognized The Medill Justice Project’s reporting on Kenny “Zulu” Whitmore’s case by naming MJP a finalist in its Salute to Excellence Awards in the “Online Project: News” category, along with ESPN and MSNBC. The Salute to Excellence National Media Awards competition is open to all professional journalists, and the awards ceremony is the only event in the United States that honors reporting that best covered the black experience or issues affecting the black community exclusively.

May 2015

In May 2015, The Medill Justice Project and the Wisconsin State Journal won a silver award in the Milwaukee Press Club Excellence in Wisconsin Journalism contest in “Best Explanatory Story or Series” for our investigation of Jennifer Hancock’s shaken-baby syndrome case. The two-part investigative series was done in partnership with the Wisconsin State Journal and published on page one of the newspaper in May 2014.

May 2015

In May 2015, the Society of Professional Journalists selected The Medill Justice Project as a national finalist in the Mark of Excellence Awards in “Online News Reporting” for our investigation of Kenny “Zulu” Whitmore’s case. The awards recognize the best collegiate work published or broadcasted in 2014.

May 2015

In May 2015, The Medill Justice Project won a Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, the first in Medill’s history, in the college journalism category for our series of stories in 2014 on potentially wrongful convictions. Established in 1968, this national award honors investigative reporting on social justice and human rights issues. Entries are judged by more than 50 journalists who recognize winners in 12 domestic and international categories.

May 2015

In May 2015, the Chicago Headline Club, the largest chapter of the national Society of Professional Journalists, awarded The Medill Justice Project three Peter Lisagor Awards for Exemplary Journalism. The Medill Justice Project won in “Best All Media: Best Investigative Reporting” for our reporting on potentially wrongful convictions and “Best All Media: Best Deadline Reporting” for our breaking news coverage of Jennifer Del Prete’s release from prison. The Medill Justice Project was honored over the Chicago Tribune and The Center for Public Integrity in those two categories. The “Best All Media” categories include entries from daily and non-daily print publications, specialty and trade publications and broadcast television and radio outlets. The Medill Justice Project also won in “Online: Best Feature Story or Series” for our reporting on potentially wrongful convictions and was a finalist in “Online: Best Use of News Video” and “Online: Best Non-Deadline Reporting Online.”