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

Oregon Supreme Court Overturns Prisoner’s Murder Conviction

Oregon Supreme Court Overturns Prisoner’s Murder Conviction

Robert Darnell Boyd, who was convicted in 2012 for the murder of his girlfriend, could be retried after the court rules statements he made to police after asking for an attorney should not have been brought up at trial. Read the full story here.

Virginia Man Seeks to Clear His Name

Virginia Man Seeks to Clear His Name

Citing new DNA evidence, Roy Watford III is petitioning the state Supreme Court to clear his name in a 39-year-old rape case. Read the full story here.

Minnesota Man Is Free From Prison

Minnesota Man Is Free From Prison

Terry Olson, who spent almost 10 years in prison for a 1979 murder he said he did not commit, is a free man after being resentenced to time served. Read the full story here.

Crime and Punishment
Under Oklahoma’s habitual offender law, Rodney Fisher, 52, is serving a life sentence for a series of purse snatchings in the 1980s and a prison escape in 2004. (Kara Stevick/The Medill Justice Project)

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.

Former Rising Rap Star Seeks Clemency in Murder Conviction

Former Rising Rap Star Seeks Clemency in Murder Conviction

McKinley “Mac” Phipps Jr. files a petition for his sentence to be commuted, citing evidence supporting his claim of innocence discovered in a Medill Justice Project investigation. Read the full story here.

Judge Reverses Del Prete’s Murder Conviction, Orders New Trial

Judge Reverses Del Prete’s Murder Conviction, Orders New Trial

Ruling comes more than two years after a federal judge freed Del Prete from prison. Read the full story here.

BREAKING NEWS: JUDGE REVERSES DEL PRETE’S MURDER CONVICTION, ORDERS NEW TRIAL

BREAKING NEWS: JUDGE REVERSES DEL PRETE’S MURDER CONVICTION, ORDERS NEW TRIAL

More to come.

From Incarceration to Freedom: A Journey of Faith

From Incarceration to Freedom: A Journey of Faith

For Jennifer Del Prete, prison meant disappointment not just in the criminal justice system, but in God. Now, she clings to faith of her own making to maintain hope. Read the full story here.


September 2016

In September 2016, The Medill Justice Project and The New Orleans Journalism Project co-presented at the Excellence in Journalism conference, an annual event hosted by the Society of Professional Journalists, the Radio Television Digital News Association and the Native American Journalists Association. At the conference, which was held in New Orleans, the two projects gave a talk on how to investigate criminal justice issues.

September 2016

In September 2016, Prof. Alec Klein, MJP director, spoke to the Women’s Board of Northwestern University about The Medill Justice Project’s work.

September 2016

In September 2016, the Associated Collegiate Press named The Medill Justice Project a finalist for “Story of the Year” in the news category for our investigation of Kate Parker’s case and in the feature category for our story on Loren Pankratz.

August 2016

In August 2016, The Medill Justice Project conducted a session at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication’s annual conference in Minneapolis on how to create a journalism justice project at other universities.