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

Wrongly Convicted Maryland Man Is Free

Wrongly Convicted Maryland Man Is Free

Malcolm Bryant, who was convicted in a 1998 killing of a 16-year-old girl, is free from prison in light of new DNA evidence. Read the full story here.

Two Wrongly Convicted Oklahoma Men Are Free

Two Wrongly Convicted Oklahoma Men Are Free

A Tulsa judge vacates the convictions of De’Marchoe Carpenter and Malcolm Scott, who served more than 21 years for a murder they did not commit. Read the full story here.

Judge Vacates Former Brooklyn Man’s 1964 Murder Conviction

Judge Vacates Former Brooklyn Man’s 1964 Murder Conviction

About 40 years after his sentence was commuted and he was released from prison, Paul Gatling’s record is clear of the charges in the fatal shooting of a Brooklyn artist. Read the full story here.

Alone No More
Word about Kenny “Zulu” Whitmore’s release from isolation has begun to spread to his supporters around the world, including Carrie Reichardt, a London-based potter who has raised awareness about Whitmore’s plight through her art, such as a collection of ceramic tiles that features the likeness of the inmate. (Photo courtesy: Carrie Reichardt)

Alone No More

After over three decades in isolation, inmate Kenny “Zulu” Whitmore is acclimating to his new life in the general prison population. Read the full story here.

Witnesses in Court Hearing Say Key Information Was Withheld as Del Prete Continues to Fight to Clear Her Name

Witnesses in Court Hearing Say Key Information Was Withheld as Del Prete Continues to Fight to Clear Her Name

Two years after she was released from prison, Jennifer Del Prete challenges her shaken-baby syndrome murder conviction at a hearing in state court. Read the full story here.

Inmate Released From Solitary Confinement After About 36 Years, MJP Confirms

Inmate Released From Solitary Confinement After About 36 Years, MJP Confirms

Freed from isolation, Kenny “Zulu” Whitmore has been moved to the general prison population little more than a year after MJP probe. Read the full story here.

Where Deception Lies

Where Deception Lies

Inside Loren Pankratz’s private–and rare–collection of books on deception. Watch the video here.

House of Lies

House of Lies

Loren Pankratz builds a career and an expansive home library on things that aren’t true. Read the full story here.


May 2016

In May 2016, the Chicago Headline Club, one of the largest chapters of the national Society of Professional Journalists, awarded MJP four Peter Lisagor Awards for Exemplary Journalism—the most we have won in a single year. In the past five years, MJP has won nine Lisagor awards and been named a finalist for 18. The awards used to be limited to the best professional journalists based in Chicago and northwest Indiana, but this year the region expanded to include the full state of Illinois in addition to parts of Indiana.

April 2016

In April 2016, Prof. Alec Klein, MJP director, gave a talk, “The Medill Justice Project: Investigating Potentially Wrongful Convictions,” to Northwestern University alumni, parents and friends in Washington, D.C.

April 2016

The Medill Justice Project is proud to present MJP-TV, a weekly interview-style television program that discusses local, national and international criminal justice issues. Beginning May 12, Chicago audiences can watch MJP-TV on Thursdays at 10:30 p.m. and Fridays at midnight on CAN TV.

April 2016

In April 2016, the Chicago Headline Club, one of the largest chapters of the national Society of Professional Journalists, named The Medill Justice Project a finalist for eight Peter Lisagor Awards—the most we have been named a finalist in a given year. This is the fifth consecutive year MJP has been named a finalist, and over the years, we have won five Lisagor awards. This year, we were recognized for our various investigations of wrongful convictions and other criminal justice matters. The Peter Lisagor Awards used to be limited to the best professional journalists based in Chicago and northwest Indiana, but this year the region expanded to include the full state of Illinois in addition to parts of Indiana.

April 2016

In April 2016, The Medill Justice Project won first place in the regional SPJ Mark of Excellence Awards in “Online News Reporting” for our investigations of injustices and potentially wrongful convictions. MJP was also a finalist in “Online In-Depth Reporting” and “Best Independent Online Student Publication.” The Mark of Excellence Awards honor the best in student journalism. First place winners advance to the national competition.