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

Utah Minorities Disproportionately Sentenced in 2017

Utah Minorities Disproportionately Sentenced in 2017

According to recent data, over 40 percent of those sentenced to prison in Utah last year were minorities, which the director of the state sentencing commission says suggests bias in arrests, prosecution and sentencing. Read the full story here.

Indiana Supreme Court Rules Lethal Injection Is Constitutional

Indiana Supreme Court Rules Lethal Injection Is Constitutional

In a unanimous decision, the court rules against death row inmate Roy Ward, who argued there is a lack of oversight in choosing the drug cocktail used in executions. Read the full story here.

Wrongly Convicted Illinois Man Seeks Compensation

Wrongly Convicted Illinois Man Seeks Compensation

Nevest Coleman, who spent 23 years in prison for a rape and murder he did not commit, is filing a lawsuit against the city of Chicago, police officers, a former prosecutor and the county. Read the full story here.

The Death Belt
Kevin Cooper, a convicted burglar who escaped from the minimum-security section of a prison, was convicted of the 1983 murders of a family and their 11-year-old overnight guest in Chino Hills, Calif. Cooper, who was sentenced to death and has spent the past 33 years on death row, has always maintained his innocence. (Photo courtesy: Inland Valley Daily Bulletin)

The Death Belt

The second in a series, MJP features Kevin Cooper, who was sentenced to death in 1985 for a quadruple homicide he says he didn’t commit. Read the story here.

Michigan Mother Seeks New Trial in Shaken-Baby Syndrome Case

Michigan Mother Seeks New Trial in Shaken-Baby Syndrome Case

The post-conviction challenge follows a Medill Justice Project investigation that discovered accidents and illnesses medical experts said could have played a role in the death of the infant. Read the story here.

Pennsylvania Prisoner Hires Private Investigator

Pennsylvania Prisoner Hires Private Investigator

A retired police officer follows up on findings from The Medill Justice Project’s probe of the case. Read the story here.

Vacant

Vacant

You may not know it but Washington, D.C., owns a wide swath of properties across the District that are blighted or empty. As part of an expansion of our investigative journalism, MJP photographed every one it could identify. View the photo investigation here.

Alibi and Faith

Alibi and Faith

MJP premieres a documentary examining the case of Ahmad Adisa, who is serving a life sentence for killing a noted boxer in an execution-style shooting in 2000. On camera, a key eyewitness who at trial accused Adisa as the killer, recants his testimony. Watch here.



February 2018

In February 2018, The Medill Justice Project hosted Indian journalists sponsored through the U.S. State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program and spoke with the delegation about examining miscarriages of justice.

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.

Season Two

Season One