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

D.C. Superior Court Judge Awards Wrongly Convicted Man Compensation

After serving more than 22 years for a rape and robbery he didn’t commit, Kirk Odom will receive $9.2 million in damages. Read the full story here.

Court Stays Texas Inmate’s Execution

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals orders a stay of execution for Rodney Reed who is on death row for a 1996 murder. Read the full story here.

U.S. Attorney General Supports Death Penalty Moratorium

Stating he is speaking personally on the matter, Eric Holder backs a nationwide suspension of executions until the Supreme Court rules whether certain methods of lethal injection are constitutional. Read the full story here.

Pennsylvania Governor Orders Moratorium on Death Penalty

Gov. Tom Wolf suspends executions in Pennsylvania as he waits for a report from a task force examining the state’s capital punishment system. Read the full story here.

Illinois Governor Looks to Reform State’s Criminal Justice System

Gov. Bruce Rauner creates a commission to review Illinois’ criminal justice system and to propose changes geared at reducing the number of individuals imprisoned. Read the full story here.

Judge Dismisses Chicago Man’s Murder Conviction

Tyrone Hood is a free man after a Cook County judge set aside Hood’s conviction in a 1993 fatal shooting. Read the full story here.

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McKinley Phipps Jr. speaks at the prison where he is serving time for a fatal nightclub shooting. (Photo courtesy: Sheila Phipps)

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.

Life After

Life After

Months after being released from prison, Jennifer Del Prete discovers a hard truth about the confines of life on the outside. Read the full story here.

Confession or Coercion?

Confession or Coercion?

The Medill Justice Project unearths new information never raised at trial that calls into question the conviction of Kenny “Zulu” Whitmore who has been held in solitary confinement for 35 years. Read the full story here.

Iowa Prisoner Fights Conviction in Federal Court

Iowa Prisoner Fights Conviction in Federal Court

In what may be his last chance at freedom, an Iowa inmate is challenging his conviction in federal court based in part on information published as part of a Medill Justice Project investigation. Read the full story here.

In the Hole

In the Hole

Kenny “Zulu” Whitmore fights against what he calls cruel and unusual punishment after 35 years in isolation as solitary confinement comes under greater scrutiny in the United States. Read the full story here.

March 2015

In March 2015, The Medill Justice Project placed 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 and in “Best Independent Online Student Publication” for MJP’s website. The Medill Justice Project also placed in “Online News Reporting” for our investigation of Kenny “Zulu” Whitmore’s case and for our investigation of McKinley “Mac” Phipps Jr.’s manslaughter conviction. The Mark of Excellence Awards honor the best in student journalism.

February 2015

In February 2015, The Medill Justice Project conducted a session at the Associated Collegiate Press Midwinter National College Journalism Convention in Los Angeles on how to create your own journalism justice project.

February 2015

In February 2015, NOLA.com featured a story on McKinley “Mac” Phipps Jr. from XXL magazine citing The Medill Justice Project’s investigation of Phipps’ manslaughter conviction published by The Lens, a New Orleans-based media outlet. Read the full story here.

January 2015

In January 2015, NOLA.com highlighted The Medill Justice Project’s investigation of local rapper McKinley “Mac” Phipps Jr.’s manslaughter conviction that was published by New Orleans-based media outlet The Lens. Read the full story here.

December 2014

In December 2014, The Louisiana Weekly republished The Medill Justice Project’s investigation of rapper McKinley “Mac” Phipps Jr.’s case in which new information raised questions about Phipps’ manslaughter conviction. Read the full story here.