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

Nebraska Death Penalty Supporters Seek Vote on Issue

Nebraska Death Penalty Supporters Seek Vote on Issue

After the state legislature abolished the death penalty, those in favor of capital punishment work to reverse the ban. Read the full story here.

Texas Forensic Science Commission to Review Convictions Based on Bite Marks

Texas Forensic Science Commission to Review Convictions Based on Bite Marks

The state’s forensic watchdog agency votes to reexamine cases in which bite marks may have led to wrongful convictions due to new research that raises questions about the reliability of the evidence. Read the full story here.

Montana Supreme Court Rules Shaken-Baby Syndrome Case Must Be Reconsidered

Montana Supreme Court Rules Shaken-Baby Syndrome Case Must Be Reconsidered

A district court will review the case of Robert J. Wilkes, who was convicted in the death of his 3-month-old son and sentenced to 40 years in prison. Read the full story here.

Wrongly Convicted Man Who Served 34 Years Is Free

Wrongly Convicted Man Who Served 34 Years Is Free

A judge vacates the conviction of Lewis Fogle, who was sentenced to life in prison for the 1976 rape and murder of a Pennsylvania teenager. Read the full story here.

A Case Interpreted
Claudia Jimenez-Cedillo sits alone in a windowless room during a break from her nearly six-hour police interrogation. (Photo courtesy: Colorado Court of Appeals)

A Case Interpreted

A Medill Justice Project investigation of a Colorado shaken-baby syndrome case uncovers child injury not disclosed at trial and reveals overlooked medical condition. 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.

Code of Silence

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.



A video from our Kenny “Zulu” Whitmore investigation.

August 2015

In August 2015, The Medill Justice Project won a Salute to Excellence in Collegiate Journalism Award from the National Association of Black Journalists in “Online Feature Reporting” for our story on the Black Panther Party. The national competition recognizes reporting done by full-time undergraduate and graduate journalism students that best covered people or issues in the black community.

August 2015

In August 2015, the Online News Association named The Medill Justice Project a finalist for an Online Journalism Award in the “Student Projects, Large” category for our reporting on the Kenny “Zulu” Whitmore case. This marks the second time The Medill Justice Project has been nominated for an Online Journalism Award in the past three years.

August 2015

In August 2015, The Medill Justice Project tied for second place for the Student News Project Award from the newspaper and online news division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. The Medill Justice Project was recognized for our investigations of the Kenny “Zulu” Whitmore and Andre Gonzales cases. The award honors publications created by students in journalism classes across the country.

August 2015

In August 2015, The Medill Justice Project conducted a session at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication’s annual conference in San Francisco on how to create a journalism justice project at other universities.

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.