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

Utah Allows Firing Squads for Executions

Utah Allows Firing Squads for Executions

Gov. Gary Herbert signs a law approving the use of firing squads as a form of capital punishment in the state when lethal injection drugs are unavailable. Read the full story here.

Judge Dismisses Arizona Woman’s Murder Case

Judge Dismisses Arizona Woman’s Murder Case

After prosecutors lost their final appeal, a judge tosses the case of Debra Jean Milke, who served more than two decades on death row for the murder of her son. Read the full story here.

Judge Awards Wrongly Convicted Ohio Man Compensation

Judge Awards Wrongly Convicted Ohio Man Compensation

After serving 39 years for a 1975 murder he didn’t commit, Ricky Jackson will get over $1 million from the state. Read the full story here.

Wrongly Arrested Men to Be Compensated

Wrongly Arrested Men to Be Compensated

Four men who were misidentified and arrested in 2014 in Louisville will receive $1.5 million from the city. Read the full story here.

The Medill Justice Project Partners with Washington Post on Yearlong Investigation of Shaken-Baby Syndrome–Part One

The Medill Justice Project Partners with Washington Post on Yearlong Investigation of Shaken-Baby Syndrome–Part One

 
Read “Prosecutors build murder cases on disputed Shaken Baby Syndrome diagnosis” here.

Diagnosis in Translation

Diagnosis in Translation

Shaken-baby syndrome is being reconsidered across the globe, including in Sweden where the courts and government are weighing in. Read the full story here.

The Medill Justice Project Partners with Washington Post on Yearlong Investigation of Shaken-Baby Syndrome–Part Two

The Medill Justice Project Partners with Washington Post on Yearlong Investigation of Shaken-Baby Syndrome–Part Two

Read “Doctors who diagnosed Shaken Baby Syndrome now defend the accused” here.

Shot in the Dark

Shot in the Dark

The Medill Justice Project, in partnership with LSU and New Orleans-based media outlet The Lens, investigates the 2001 manslaughter conviction of rising rap star McKinley “Mac” Phipps Jr. Read the full story here.

Life After

Life After

Months after being released from prison, Jennifer Del Prete discovers a hard truth about the confines of life on the outside. Read the full story here.



A video from our Kenny “Zulu” Whitmore investigation.

March 2015

In March 2015, the Columbia Journalism Review published a feature about The Medill Justice Project’s mission and highlighted MJP’s recent accomplishments. Read the full story here.

March 2015

In March 2015, in an investigation with The Medill Justice Project, The Washington Post published the first parts of an investigative series on shaken-baby syndrome. Read the full stories here.

March 2015

In March 2015, The New Orleans Advocate wrote a story about McKinley “Mac” Phipps Jr.’s parents’ efforts to have their son’s manslaughter conviction re-examined and cited The Medill Justice Project’s investigation of Phipps’ case published by The Lens, a New Orleans-based media outlet. Read the full story here.

March 2015

In March 2015, The Medill Justice Project conducted a session at the College Media Association’s Spring National College Media Convention in New York on how to create your own journalism justice project.

March 2015

In March 2015, The Huffington Post examined McKinley “Mac” Phipps Jr.’s case and linked to The Medill Justice Project’s investigation of Phipps’ manslaughter conviction. Read the full story here.