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

Judge Frees Wrongly Convicted Indiana Man

Judge Frees Wrongly Convicted Indiana Man

In light of new DNA evidence, a judge orders the release of Darryl Pinkins, who spent nearly 25 years in prison for a 1989 rape he did not commit. Read the full story here.

Wrongly Convicted Illinois Man Is Free

Wrongly Convicted Illinois Man Is Free

Eddie Bolden, who was convicted in a 1994 fatal shooting of two men, is free from prison. Read the full story here.

Judge Vacates 76-Year-Old Man’s Murder Conviction

Judge Vacates 76-Year-Old Man’s Murder Conviction

Jack McCullough, who was convicted in 2012 in a 1957 Illinois murder, is free in light of new evidence that pointed to his innocence. Read the full story here.

Inmate Released From Solitary Confinement After About 36 Years, MJP Confirms
The Medill Justice Project confirmed Kenny “Zulu” Whitmore has been released from solitary confinement into the general prison population at Louisiana State Penitentiary. (Photo courtesy: Kenny “Zulu” Whitmore)

Inmate Released From Solitary Confinement After About 36 Years, MJP Confirms

Freed from isolation, Kenny “Zulu” Whitmore has been moved to the general prison population little more than a year after MJP probe. Read the full story here.

Where Deception Lies

Where Deception Lies

Inside Loren Pankratz’s private–and rare–collection of books on deception. Watch the video here.

House of Lies

House of Lies

Loren Pankratz builds a career and an expansive home library on things that aren’t true. Read the full story here.

The Fight That Wasn’t

The Fight That Wasn’t

Prosecutors reached a settlement in the Kate Parker case but left behind a courtroom battle over the validity of medical child abuse. Read the full story here.

Photo Essay: The Day After

Photo Essay: The Day After

View the photo essay here.


April 2016

In April 2016, Prof. Alec Klein, MJP director, gave a talk, “The Medill Justice Project: Investigating Potentially Wrongful Convictions,” to Northwestern University alumni, parents and friends in Washington, D.C.

April 2016

The Medill Justice Project is proud to present MJP-TV, a weekly interview-style television program that discusses local, national and international criminal justice issues. Beginning May 12, Chicago audiences can watch MJP-TV on Thursdays at 10:30 p.m. and Fridays at midnight on CAN TV.

April 2016

In April 2016, the Chicago Headline Club, one of the largest chapters of the national Society of Professional Journalists, named The Medill Justice Project a finalist for eight Peter Lisagor Awards—the most we have been named a finalist in a given year. This is the fifth consecutive year MJP has been named a finalist, and over the years, we have won five Lisagor awards. This year, we were recognized for our various investigations of wrongful convictions and other criminal justice matters. The Peter Lisagor 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.

April 2016

In April 2016, The Medill Justice Project won first place in the regional SPJ Mark of Excellence Awards in “Online News Reporting” for our investigations of injustices and potentially wrongful convictions. MJP was also a finalist in “Online In-Depth Reporting” and “Best Independent Online Student Publication.” The Mark of Excellence Awards honor the best in student journalism. First place winners advance to the national competition.

March 2016

In March 2016, 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-based justice project.