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. Justice Department Names New Pardon Attorney

U.S. Justice Department Names New Pardon Attorney

Robert A. Zauzmer, a veteran prosecutor from Philadelphia, will lead the pardon office and advise President Barack Obama on executive clemency requests. Read the full story here.

Two Oklahoma Inmates Challenge Their Convictions

Two Oklahoma Inmates Challenge Their Convictions

A Tulsa judge will rule on new evidence presented in the case of two men who claim they were wrongly convicted of a murder more than two decades ago. Read the full story here.

Judge Orders New Trial for Massachusetts Inmate

Judge Orders New Trial for Massachusetts Inmate

A state Superior Court judge reverses the rape conviction of George Perrot in light of questions about the forensic hair analysis used at trial. Read the full story here.

Illinois Supreme Court Affirms Reversal of Murder Conviction

Illinois Supreme Court Affirms Reversal of Murder Conviction

The state Supreme Court rules for a new trial for Eduardo Lerma, a Chicago man who was convicted largely based on eyewitness identification. Read the full story here.

Settlement Conference Hearing Set in Oregon Medical Child Abuse Case
Kate Parker initially faced 43 criminal charges in what is believed to be the first criminal medical child abuse case in Oregon history. (Allisha Azlan/The Medill Justice Project)

Settlement Conference Hearing Set in Oregon Medical Child Abuse Case

Action comes after prosecutors dismissed the most serious charges in the criminal case. Read the full story here.

Prosecutors to Dismiss Last of Most Serious Charges in Oregon Medical Child Abuse Case

Prosecutors to Dismiss Last of Most Serious Charges in Oregon Medical Child Abuse Case

Latest action comes two weeks after prosecutors informed defendant’s attorneys they plan to drop several other charges. Read the full story here.

Prosecutors to Dismiss Several Charges Against Oregon Mother Accused of Medical Child Abuse

Prosecutors to Dismiss Several Charges Against Oregon Mother Accused of Medical Child Abuse

Action comes days after Medill Justice Project investigation that challenged many of the accusations against the stay-at-home mom. Read the full story here.

Miami Man Files Motion to Vacate Murder Conviction

Miami Man Files Motion to Vacate Murder Conviction

Andre Gonzales, sentenced to life, cites “evidence of actual innocence” discovered by The Medill Justice Project. Read the full story here.

Medical Child Abuse: The Family Left Behind

Medical Child Abuse: The Family Left Behind

See how accusations of medical child abuse have impacted the family involved. Watch the video here.


January 2016

In January 2016, MJP gave a talk, “In Pursuit of Truth–Stories From The Medill Justice Project,” to the Northwestern University Leadership Circle in Palm Springs, California.

November 2015

In November 2015, The Medill Justice Project hosted attorneys from China, who were sponsored through the U.S. State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program, and spoke with the delegation about examining miscarriages of justice.

November 2015

In November 2015, The Medill Justice Project gave a talk at the Journalism Education Association/National Scholastic Press Association Fall National High School Journalism Convention in Orlando, Florida, on MJP’s work.

October 2015

In October 2015, The Medill Justice Project conducted a session at the Associated Collegiate Press/College Media Association National College Media Convention in Austin, Texas, on how to create a journalism justice project at other universities.

October 2015

In October 2015, The Medill Justice Project won first place in the College Media Association’s Pinnacle Awards in “Best Podcast” for our examination of McKinley “Mac” Phipps Jr.’s case and received three other awards from CMA for our reporting on the cases of Phipps and Kenny “Zulu” Whitmore. The College Media Association’s Pinnacle Awards recognize the best work done by college media organizations from across the country.