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

North Dakota Bill Seeks to Deter Crime

North Dakota Bill Seeks to Deter Crime

A corrections budget bill allocates $7 million to treat probationers and parolees for substance abuse issues and mental health conditions. Read the full story here.

Wrongly Convicted California Man Is Free

Wrongly Convicted California Man Is Free

Andrew Leander Wilson, who spent 32 years in prison for a 1984 murder he said he did not commit, is a free man after the court ruled prosecutors withheld evidence in his case. Read the full story here.

Brooklyn Ex-Inmate Files Lawsuit Against City and Police

Brooklyn Ex-Inmate Files Lawsuit Against City and Police

Andre Hatchett, who was wrongfully convicted of murder and served nearly 25 years, says in his lawsuit that police engaged in misconduct before his conviction. Read the full story here.

Stranger Than Fiction?
Pictured with his attorney at the 1992 trial, Steven Slutzker, left, was convicted of murder in the wake of the victim's son's recovered memory of the night of the crime. (John Beale/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

Stranger Than Fiction?

Deep in a Pittsburgh murder case: Can a witness suddenly remember a crime 15 years later? First in a series. Read the full story here.

Shaken–one of a five-part series

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.


March 2017

In March 2017, The Medill Justice Project gave a talk at CSPA’s 93rd annual Spring Scholastic Convention in New York on MJP’s work.

March 2017

In March 2017, Northwestern University announced that alumnus David F. Freedman made a $3 million commitment to the Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications, a portion of which will be used to support The Medill Justice Project.

March 2017

In March 2017, the Columbia Scholastic Press Association awarded The Medill Justice Project with a Gold Crown Award, “the highest recognition given by the CSPA to a student print or digital medium for overall excellence.” MJP was the sole recipient of a Gold Crown in the “College Digital News” category.

March 2017

In March 2017, The Medill Justice Project conducted a session at the College Media Association’s Spring National College Media Convention in New York on how to create your own journalism-based justice project.