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

Wrongly Convicted Oklahoma Man Is Free

Wrongly Convicted Oklahoma Man Is Free

Johnny Tallbear, who was convicted of a 1991 murder he did not commit, walks free after DNA tests on evidence from the crime scene did not match him. Read the full story here.

Supreme Court Grants Louisiana Inmate New Trial

Supreme Court Grants Louisiana Inmate New Trial

In a 6-3 decision, the justices order a new trial for convicted murderer Robert McCoy, whose lawyer entered a guilty plea to avoid the death penalty even though McCoy maintained his innocence. Read the full story here.

Court Vacates Convictions of Two New York Men

Court Vacates Convictions of Two New York Men

The New York Supreme Court vacates the convictions of Gregory Counts and VanDyke Perry, who spent nearly 40 years in prison combined for a 1991 kidnapping and rape they did not commit. Read the full story here.

Two Years Later: A House Reunited
Kate Parker, 48, with her son, Joshua, 12, at her home in Grants Pass, Ore. In 2014, Parker was accused by prosecutors of manipulating doctors and others to provide harmful treatment to her son, Joshua and two of her other children. Most major charges were dropped within weeks after The Medill Justice Project published an in-depth investigation that questioned many of the accusations against Parker. (Allisha Azlan/The Medill Justice Project)

Two Years Later: A House Reunited

Kate Parker moves on after being set free, with her family by her side. Read the story here.

Judge Vacates Ariel Gomez’s Murder Conviction

Judge Vacates Ariel Gomez’s Murder Conviction

A Cook County Circuit Court judge has vacated the conviction of Ariel Gomez, 38, who served 20 years in prison for a murder he said he did not commit. Read the story here.

Michigan Mother Seeks New Trial in Shaken-Baby Syndrome Case

Michigan Mother Seeks New Trial in Shaken-Baby Syndrome Case

The post-conviction challenge follows a Medill Justice Project investigation that discovered accidents and illnesses medical experts said could have played a role in the death of the infant. Read the story here.

The Death Belt

The Death Belt

The second in a series, MJP features Kevin Cooper, who was sentenced to death in 1985 for a quadruple homicide he says he didn’t commit. Read the story here.

Pennsylvania Prisoner Hires Private Investigator

Pennsylvania Prisoner Hires Private Investigator

A retired police officer follows up on findings from The Medill Justice Project’s probe of the case. Read the story here.



May 2018

In May 2018, The Medill Justice Project won two Peter Lisagor Awards for Exemplary Journalism for our multimedia investigation of the Ahmad Adisa case and for MJP-TV, a weekly interview-style television program that discusses local, national and international criminal justice issues. The Chicago Headline Club, one of the largest chapters of the national Society of Professional Journalists, presented the awards to the best professional journalists in Illinois and parts of Indiana. In the past seven years, MJP has won 14 Lisagor awards and been named a finalist for 31 for our investigative, feature and deadline reporting. In total, since 2011, MJP has won or been named a finalist for more than 75 journalism awards in national and local competitions open to both students and professionals.

May 2018

In May 2018, The Medill Justice Project won Silver for “Best Investigative Story or Series” in the Milwaukee Press Club’s Excellence in Journalism Awards for our investigation of the Ken Hudson case. MJP partnered with the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism.

April 2018

In April 2018, The Medill Justice Project won three Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards from the Radio Television Digital News Association. Our video on Jenni Del Prete and her son Draven won in the “Feature Reporting” category, our video about the detention camp in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba won in the “Hard News” category, and our video on the Ahmad Adisa case won in the “Investigative Reporting” category. The Murrow Awards are the embodiment of the values and principles set forth by Edward R. Murrow, a journalism pioneer who set the standards for the highest quality of broadcast journalism.

April 2018

In April 2018, The Medill Justice Project gave a talk at the Journalism Education Association/National Scholastic Press Association Spring National High School Journalism Convention in San Francisco about its work.

Season Two

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