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

Wrongly Convicted New York City Men Receive Compensation

After serving 16 years for a double homicide they didn’t commit, Danny Colon and Anthony Ortiz agreed to a $9 million settlement in a lawsuit against the city, the state and the city housing authority. Read the full story here.

Wrongly Convicted Canadian Man Seeks Compensation

Imprisoned for almost 27 years for sexual assaults he didn’t commit, Ivan Henry is seeking damages and presenting his case to the Supreme Court of Canada in Ottawa. Read the full story here.

Investigative Journalism Project Reexamines Murder in Washington State

The UWT Justice Project in Tacoma, Washington, published its first story in a series that takes a look at the 2008 murder conviction of Irvin Carter Jr., who claims he’s innocent. Read the full story here.

New Trial Ordered for Texas Man Sentenced to Death

Convicted in a 2003 murder of a police officer, Alfred Brown won a new trial after the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals ruled evidence that supports Brown’s claims of innocence was withheld at trial. Read the full story here.

Virginia Judge Rules Police Can Make Defendants Unlock Phones with Fingerprint Scan

A circuit court judge ruled law enforcement can require that suspects provide their fingerprints—but not their passcodes—to unlock their smart phones. Read the full story here.

In the Hole

In the Hole

Kenny “Zulu” Whitmore fights against what he calls cruel and unusual punishment after 35 years in isolation as solitary confinement comes under greater scrutiny in the United States. Read the full story here.

Iowa Prisoner Fights Conviction in Federal Court

Iowa Prisoner Fights Conviction in Federal Court

In what may be his last chance at freedom, an Iowa inmate is challenging his conviction in federal court based in part on information published as part of a Medill Justice Project investigation. Read the full story here.

Panther Proof

Panther Proof

Today, there is confusion about the Black Panther Party, including what the party stands for and whether it still exists. Read the full story here

Photo Essay: Panther Tracks

Photo Essay: Panther Tracks

Billy X. Jennings, a former Black Panther and the party’s de facto historian, presents remnants from the Black Panther Party’s heyday. View the photo essay here.

Special Cook County Unit Declines to Reinvestigate Chicago Man’s Murder Case

Special Cook County Unit Declines to Reinvestigate Chicago Man’s Murder Case

A prominent attorney appealed to a unit created to reinvestigate criminal convictions to review the case of Donald Watkins, a Chicago man whose conviction was investigated by The Medill Justice Project. Read the full story here.

November 2014

In November 2014, the International Academic Forum highlighted the Journalism Justice Network and the keynote speech from MJP Director Alec Klein at the Fifth Annual Asian Conference on Media and Mass Communication 2014 in Osaka, Japan. Read the press release here.

November 2014

In November 2014, The Medill Justice Project conducted a session at the ACP/CMA National College Media Convention in Philadelphia on how to create your own journalism justice project.

November 2014

In November 2014, The Medill Justice Project won an Online Pacemaker Award, the Associated Collegiate Press’ highest honor, in “recognition of general excellence and outstanding achievement by a college online publication in a national competition.”

November 2014

In November 2014, The Medill Justice Project won third place in the College Media Association’s Pinnacle Awards in “Best Investigative Story” for our Iowa murder investigation.

November 2014

In November 2014, The Medill Justice Project placed second in the Associated Collegiate Press’ Photo Excellence awards in the general news picture category for a photo of Jennifer Del Prete when she was released from prison in part because of MJP’s investigation.