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

Jury Acquits Philadelphia Man in Retrial

Jury Acquits Philadelphia Man in Retrial

Anthony Wright, who was convicted of rape and murder and has served 25 years in prison, is found not guilty in his retrial. Read the full story here.

Number of Conviction Review Departments Rises in the United States

Number of Conviction Review Departments Rises in the United States

The divisions of prosecutors’ offices that review prisoners’ innocence claims played a role in 60 of the 156 wrongful conviction cases last year, says the National Registry of Exonerations. Read the full story here.

Justice Department Plans to Stop Use of Private Prisons

Justice Department Plans to Stop Use of Private Prisons

The U.S. Justice Department announces it will gradually phase out the use of private prisons to house federal inmates. Read the full story here.

From Incarceration to Freedom: A Journey of Faith
Raised Catholic, Jennifer Del Prete found a community for her own children at a Presbyterian church. While incarcerated, her faith in God was tested. Now, two years after her release, she says she follows her own system of belief. (Photos courtesy of the Del Prete family, Illinois Department of Corrections and The Medill Justice Project)

From Incarceration to Freedom: A Journey of Faith

For Jennifer Del Prete, prison meant disappointment not just in the criminal justice system, but in God. Now, she clings to faith of her own making to maintain hope. Read the full story here.

Death Denied: Part Two of a Series

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.


August 2016

In August 2016, The Medill Justice Project conducted a session at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication’s annual conference in Minneapolis on how to create a journalism justice project at other universities.

July 2016

In July 2016, MJP spoke about its work to rising high school seniors participating in the Medill-Northwestern Journalism Institute, also known as Medill cherubs, a five-week summer journalism program.

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.