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

Justice Department Reverses Decision to End Use of Private Prisons

Justice Department Reverses Decision to End Use of Private Prisons

Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinds a previous order to stop the use of private prisons to house federal inmates. Read the full story here.

Alaska Proposal Would Provide Compensation for Wrongly Convicted

Alaska Proposal Would Provide Compensation for Wrongly Convicted

The new bill would require the state government to pay certain ex-inmates $50,000 for each year served and give them access to healthcare and educational opportunities. Read the full story here.

Federal Grant Allows for Investigations of Potentially Wrongful Convictions in Iowa

Federal Grant Allows for Investigations of Potentially Wrongful Convictions in Iowa

State officials will use over $600,000 to review criminal cases involving microscopic hair-comparison testing, a forensic technique the FBI has recently questioned. Read the full story here.

Shaken–one of a five-part series

Shaken–one of a five-part series

MJP audio story delves into shaken-baby syndrome case of teenage mother in Michigan. Listen to the podcast here. Listen to the French version here.

Shaken–one of a five-part series

Shaken–one of a five-part series

Could accidents and illnesses discovered by MJP have played a role in a child’s death? Read the full story here.

Shaken–one of a five-part series

Shaken–one of a five-part series

MJP examines the use of demeanor to assess if someone is culpable of a crime. Read the full story here.

Shaken–one of a five-part series

Shaken–one of a five-part series

MJP video documents the impact of a shaken-baby syndrome case on family and friends. Watch the video here.

Crime and Punishment

Crime and Punishment

MJP investigates three-strikes laws and the case of an Oklahoma man convicted in a spate of purse snatchings and locked up for life. Read the full story here.


February 2017

In February 2017, The Medill Justice Project debuted the Barbara Marks Reiss Internship Fund which offers a new summer opportunity for students, made possible by the generosity of John and Sheri Reiss. Ms. Reiss, a 1955 Northwestern University alumna, has held a lifelong commitment to equal justice.

February 2017

In February 2017, Prison Insider published The Medill Justice Project’s podcast on our investigation of Tonia Miller’s case. Prison Insider is an organization that aims to raise awareness about prison conditions around the world.

January 2017

In January 2017, Radio France Internationale aired The Medill Justice Project’s podcast on our investigation of Tonia Miller’s case. RFI is a French radio station that broadcasts across the world in multiple languages.

January 2017

In January 2017, Radio France Internationale highlighted The Medill Justice Project’s investigation of Tonia Miller’s case in a Q&A with one of the reporters. RFI is a French radio station that broadcasts across the world in multiple languages. Listen to the interview here.