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

California Man Is Free

California Man Is Free

A judge sets aside the conviction of Zavion Johnson, who spent 15 years in prison for shaking his baby to death, after two prosecution experts said the death could have been an accident. Read the full story here.

Wrongly Convicted Kansas Man to Receive Scholarship

Wrongly Convicted Kansas Man to Receive Scholarship

A Kansas City community college offers a full scholarship to Lamonte McIntyre, who spent 23 years in prison for two murders he did not commit. Read the full story here.

Nebraska Death Row Inmates Sue Governor

Nebraska Death Row Inmates Sue Governor

The lawsuit filed by ACLU Nebraska on behalf of the inmates says Gov. Pete Ricketts violated the state’s separation of powers clause by funding a successful campaign to restore capital punishment after the state had repealed it in 2015. Read the full story 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.



December 2017

In December 2017, for the second consecutive year, the Columbia Scholastic Press Association named The Medill Justice Project a finalist for its Crown Awards, which honor top student publications.

November 2017

In November 2017, The Medill Justice Project spoke at the Global Investigative Journalism Conference in Johannesburg. This conference is the world’s largest gathering of investigative reporters.

November 2017

In November 2017, The Medill Justice Project gave a talk at the Journalism Education Association/National Scholastic Press Association Fall National High School Journalism Convention in Dallas on MJP’s work.

November 2017

In November 2017, The Medill Justice Project hosted African journalists sponsored through the U.S. State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program and spoke with the delegation about examining miscarriages of justice.

Season Two

Season One