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

U.S. Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Alabama Death Row Inmate, Sends Case Back to Lower Court

U.S. Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Alabama Death Row Inmate, Sends Case Back to Lower Court

James McWilliams, convicted of a 1984 rape and murder, argues an expert independent from prosecutors should have assessed his mental health before he received a death sentence. Read the full story here.

Judge Overturns Conviction of Wisconsin Inmate

Judge Overturns Conviction of Wisconsin Inmate

A judge orders a new trial for Richard Beranek, accused of a 1987 rape, citing questions about the hair evidence in the case. Read the full story here.

California Supreme Court Finds Racial Bias Influenced Jury Selection, Overturns Convictions

California Supreme Court Finds Racial Bias Influenced Jury Selection, Overturns Convictions

In a unanimous decision, the court overturns three convictions in a case where a prosecutor excluded 10 Latinos from the jury. Read the full story here.

Missed Moments, New Memories
After nearly a decade of separation, Jenni Del Prete, 46, hugs her daughter Tia Pearl, 27, who prepares to compete in the Wheelchair Motocross World Championship. (Alyssa Wisnieski/The Medill Justice Project)

Missed Moments, New Memories

Jenni Del Prete and her daughter Tia travel to a wheelchair competition in Texas to find each other. Read the full story here.

The Washington Post Publishes Investigation Done in Partnership With The Medill Justice Project

The Washington Post Publishes Investigation Done in Partnership With The Medill Justice Project

Read “The D.C. Housing Department forfeited millions as families waited for help” here.

Code of Silence

Code of Silence

Key eyewitness, concerned about reprisals, says he won’t testify in Miami murder case. Read the full story here.

Stranger Than Fiction? Third in a series

Stranger Than Fiction? Third in a series

Investigating an old murder case built on circumstantial evidence, The Medill Justice Project finds police records and witness accounts that don’t add up. Read the full story here.

Stranger Than Fiction? Second in a series

Stranger Than Fiction? Second in a series

MJP publishes what is believed to be the most comprehensive publicly available database of recovered memory cases. View the database here.


June 2017

In June 2017, Northwestern University’s Digital Learning website featured a story about The Medill Justice Project investigative journalism class and MJP’s plans to develop a massive open online course (MOOC).

May 2017

In May 2017, The Medill Justice Project hosted government officials, academics and civil society leaders from Africa who were sponsored through the U.S. State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program. MJP spoke with the delegation about examining miscarriages of justice.

May 2017

In May 2017, The Medill Justice Project was named a national finalist for the Mark of Excellence Award in “Radio In-Depth Reporting” for the fourth episode of the Death Denied podcast. The Mark of Excellence Awards are presented by the Society of Professional Journalists and honor the best collegiate journalism.

May 2017

In May 2017, The Medill Justice Project won three Peter Lisagor Awards for Exemplary Journalism for our multimedia investigations of the Tonia Miller case, the William Thomas “Tommy” Zeigler case and the death penalty. 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 six years, MJP has won 12 Lisagor awards and been named a finalist for 25 for our investigative, feature and deadline reporting. In total, since 2011, MJP has won or been named a finalist for about 75 journalism awards in national and local competitions open to both students and professionals.