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

Prosecutors Drop Charges Against Former Massachusetts Inmate

Prosecutors Drop Charges Against Former Massachusetts Inmate

After a judge overturned George Perrot’s rape conviction last year, prosecutors decline to retry Perrot, who served 30 years in prison. Read the full story here.

Texas Executes Death Row Inmate

Texas Executes Death Row Inmate

The state executes Robert Pruett who was sentenced to death for murdering a prison guard in 1999. Read the full story here.

Podcast Examines Transfer Hearing in 2015 California Case

Podcast Examines Transfer Hearing in 2015 California Case

The Monterey Bay Justice Project releases a podcast on the hearing of a teenager accused of murdering an 8-year-old girl. Listen to the podcast here.

The Death Belt
After one of the worst mass shootings in California history, people descended on the Salon Meritage in Seal Beach, Calif., with flowers, photos and handwritten notes. (Photo courtesy: John Jeans)

The Death Belt

The first in a series, The Medill Justice Project features Bethany Webb, who lost her sister in a 2011 mass shooting in Southern California. When it came time to sentence her sister’s killer, Webb told prosecutors she didn’t want the death penalty. Read the full story here.

Blanket of Nothingness

Blanket of Nothingness

The Medill Justice Project examines the epidemic of mental illness in U.S. prisons for women. The first in a series, MJP publishes a video story about Honee Hill, a veteran with PTSD, who served over two years in prison. Watch the video here.

DNA Tests in Wisconsin Murder Raise Questions Amid Alleged Evidence Tampering

DNA Tests in Wisconsin Murder Raise Questions Amid Alleged Evidence Tampering

In the Ken Hudson case, experts are puzzled by tests finding no human DNA in the red substance on his left foot. Is it animal blood? A judge has granted more testing. Read the full story here.

Oklahoma Prisoner Files Request for Post-Conviction Relief

Oklahoma Prisoner Files Request for Post-Conviction Relief

Rodney Fisher, sentenced to life for a spate of purse snatchings and a prison escape, has obtained new lawyers who have filed a request for post-conviction relief, saying they have new evidence establishing his innocence. Read the full story here.

Wrong Place, Wrong Time

Wrong Place, Wrong Time

A split-second decision ends in a deadly encounter. No one accuses Ysole Krol of firing the weapon. But did she hand the gun to her boyfriend? And if she did, is that worth a 35-year prison sentence? Read the full story here.



October 2017

In October 2017, The Medill Justice Project spoke to Chicago-area high school students visiting the Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications at Northwestern University.

October 2017

In October 2017, a Washington Post and 60 Minutes investigation The Medill Justice Project contributed reporting to was published on Page One of the newspaper and aired as a segment on the newsmagazine show. The in-depth story examined Congress’ role in weakening the Drug Enforcement Administration’s ability to patrol the drug industry amid a continued increase in opioid-related deaths.

October 2017

In October 2017, The Medill Justice Project was named a nominee for a Chicago/Midwest Emmy in the “Outstanding Achievement for Documentary Programs – Cultural” category for our documentary about the death penalty. It is the second consecutive year MJP received a nomination for this award open to professional journalists.

September 2017

In September 2017, the Associated Collegiate Press named The Medill Justice Project a finalist for “Story of the Year” in the feature story category for our investigation of Steven Slutzker’s case.

Season Two

Season One