The Medill Justice Project, founded at Northwestern University in 1999, is an award-winning investigative journalism enterprise that examines potentially wrongful convictions, probes national 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

DNA Evidence Clears Miami Man in Rape Case

DNA Evidence Clears Miami Man in Rape Case

Prosecutors drop charges against Miguel Macias, a man identified by a rape victim, after DNA evidence pointed to his innocence. Read the full story here.

Arkansas Governor Selects Members for Criminal Justice Task Force

Arkansas Governor Selects Members for Criminal Justice Task Force

Gov. Asa Hutchinson appoints a team to oversee the impact of recent sentencing and parole reforms that aim to reduce prison crowding. Read the full story here.

Los Angeles County to Create Unit that Investigates Wrongful Conviction Claims

Los Angeles County to Create Unit that Investigates Wrongful Conviction Claims

The Los Angeles County district attorney’s office plans to assemble a team of veteran prosecutors to review potentially wrongful conviction cases. Read the full story here.

New York Man Is Free from Prison

New York Man Is Free from Prison

A judge vacates the conviction of Rosean Hargrave, who served 23 years in prison for a murder of an off-duty corrections officer. Read the full story here.

The Medill Justice Project Partners with Washington Post on Yearlong Investigation of Shaken-Baby Syndrome–Part One

The Medill Justice Project Partners with Washington Post on Yearlong Investigation of Shaken-Baby Syndrome–Part One

 
Read “Prosecutors build murder cases on disputed Shaken Baby Syndrome diagnosis” here.

Court Rules Del Prete Can File New Petition in Light of New Evidence Discovered by MJP

Court Rules Del Prete Can File New Petition in Light of New Evidence Discovered by MJP

Jennifer Del Prete has scored a legal victory in the Appellate Court of Illinois, opening the door for her to challenge her shaken-baby syndrome murder conviction in Will County, Ill. Read the full story here.

Diagnosis in Translation

Diagnosis in Translation

Shaken-baby syndrome is being reconsidered across the globe, including in Sweden where the courts and government are weighing in. Read the full story here.

The Medill Justice Project Partners with Washington Post on Yearlong Investigation of Shaken-Baby Syndrome–Part Two

The Medill Justice Project Partners with Washington Post on Yearlong Investigation of Shaken-Baby Syndrome–Part Two

Read “Doctors who diagnosed Shaken Baby Syndrome now defend the accused” here.

Shot in the Dark

Shot in the Dark

The Medill Justice Project, in partnership with LSU and New Orleans-based media outlet The Lens, investigates the 2001 manslaughter conviction of rising rap star McKinley “Mac” Phipps Jr. Read the full story here.



A video from our Kenny “Zulu” Whitmore investigation.

April 2015

In April 2015, The Medill Justice Project won a Sigma Delta Chi Award from the national Society of Professional Journalists in “Deadline Reporting” for our coverage of Jennifer Del Prete’s release from prison in the wake of MJP’s investigation. Judges selected 85 honorees from more than 1,600 submissions from professionals across the United States.

April 2015

In April 2015, The Medill Justice Project was a finalist for a Hillman Prize from the Sidney Hillman Foundation for our reporting on potentially wrongful convictions.

March 2015

In March 2015, The Medill Justice Project and the Wisconsin State Journal were named a finalist in the Milwaukee Press Club Awards for Excellence in Wisconsin Journalism contest in “Best Explanatory Story or Series” for our investigation of Jennifer Hancock’s shaken-baby syndrome case. The two-part investigative series was done in partnership with the Wisconsin State Journal and published on page one of the newspaper in May 2014.

March 2015

In March 2015, The Medill Justice Project won first place in the regional SPJ Mark of Excellence Awards in “Breaking News Photography” for a photo of Jennifer Del Prete shortly after she was released from prison in part because of MJP’s investigation. In addition, MJP won first place in “Online News Reporting” for our investigation of Kenny “Zulu” Whitmore’s case and was a finalist in the same category for our investigations of potentially wrongful convictions, including McKinley “Mac” Phipps Jr.’s manslaughter conviction. The Medill Justice Project also was a finalist in “Best Independent Online Student Publication” for our website. The Mark of Excellence Awards honor the best in student journalism. First place winners advance to the national competition.

March 2015

In March 2015, the Society of Professional Journalists’ Chicago Chapter and the Chicago Headline Club named The Medill Justice Project a finalist for a Peter Lisagor Award in “Online: Best Non-Deadline Reporting Online,” “Online: Best Feature Story or Series” and “Best All Media: Best Investigative Reporting” for our reporting on potentially wrongful convictions. In addition, MJP is a finalist in “Online: Best Use of News Video” for videos from our investigations of the cases of McKinley “Mac” Phipps Jr. and Kenny “Zulu” Whitmore. Also, The Medill Justice Project is a finalist in “Best All Media: Best Deadline Reporting” for our breaking news coverage of Jennifer Del Prete’s release from prison.