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

Judge Overturns Teen’s Murder Conviction 70 Years After Execution

George Stinney was 14 years old when he was sent to the electric chair for a double murder he didn’t commit. Read the full story here.

Chinese Court Overturns Conviction of Executed Teenager

A Chinese court found Hugjiltu not guilty in a retrial 18 years after the teenager was put to death for a rape and murder he didn’t commit. Read the full story here.

Wrongly Convicted New York Man Released from Prison After 10 Years

Sentenced to up to 25 years in prison for a double murder he didn’t commit, Josue Ortiz was freed after new evidence revealed he falsely confessed to the crime. Read the full story here.

California Law Authorizing DNA Collection in Arrests Struck Down

A state appeals court said a law requiring authorities to collect DNA from those arrested who are suspects in felony cases is unconstitutional. Read the full story here.

Judge Denies Texas Death Row Inmate’s DNA Testing Request

New forensic testing of crime scene evidence from a 1996 murder is rejected for Rodney Reed, who is set to be executed in March for the crime. 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.

Panther Proof

Panther Proof

Today, there is confusion about the Black Panther Party, including what the party stands for and whether it still exists. Read the full story here

December 2014

In December 2014, lawyers and professors from China visited The Medill Justice Project through the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program to learn how MJP investigates potentially wrongful convictions.

November 2014

In November 2014, Jessica Pishko wrote for The Atlantic about the changing science in shaken-baby syndrome cases and highlighted The Medill Justice Project’s shaken-baby syndrome database. Read the full story here.

November 2014

In November 2014, the International Academic Forum highlighted the Journalism Justice Network and the keynote speech from MJP Director Alec Klein at the Fifth Annual Asian Conference on Media and Mass Communication 2014 in Osaka, Japan. Read the press release here.

November 2014

In November 2014, The Medill Justice Project conducted a session at the ACP/CMA National College Media Convention in Philadelphia on how to create your own journalism justice project.

November 2014

In November 2014, The Medill Justice Project won an Online Pacemaker Award, the Associated Collegiate Press’ highest honor, in “recognition of general excellence and outstanding achievement by a college online publication in a national competition.”