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

Virginia Bill Seeks Compensation for Wrongly Convicted Man

Virginia Bill Seeks Compensation for Wrongly Convicted Man

Keith Allen Harward would receive $1.45 million after spending 33 years in prison for a 1982 rape and murder he didn’t commit. Read the full story here.

Wrongfully Convicted Illinois Man Seeks Compensation

Wrongfully Convicted Illinois Man Seeks Compensation

Johnnie Lee Savory, who served decades in prison for a rape and double murder he did not commit, files a federal civil rights lawsuit. Read the full story here.

Justice Department Sets New Procedures for Identifying Perpetrators

Justice Department Sets New Procedures for Identifying Perpetrators

The U.S. Department of Justice issues department-wide eyewitness identification procedures that address the use of photo lineups. Read the full story here.

Shaken–one of a five-part series
“Babyland” is a section of Floral Lawn Memorial Gardens in Battle Creek, Mich., where stillborn infants and children are buried, including Alicia Duff. (Adele Humbert/The Medill Justice Project)

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.


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.

December 2016

In December 2016, Podster magazine named The Medill Justice Project a finalist in its “Best Undiscovered Podcast” competition for our podcast that provides a behind-the-scenes look at our investigation of William Thomas “Tommy” Zeigler’s case.

November 2016

In November 2016, the Office of the Provost at Northwestern University awarded The Medill Justice Project a digital learning fellowship to develop a project impacting teaching, learning and innovation.