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

Two Wrongly Convicted Indiana Men Seek Compensation

Two Wrongly Convicted Indiana Men Seek Compensation

Roosevelt Glenn and Darryl Pinkins sue the city of Hammond and police officers for allegedly manipulating witnesses, fabricating evidence and withholding exculpatory evidence. Read the full story here.

South Carolina Prison Riot Leaves Seven Inmates Dead

South Carolina Prison Riot Leaves Seven Inmates Dead

The fights, which raged for more than four hours Sunday and started over territory, money and contraband, leave 17 inmates injured. Read the full story here.

Wrongfully Convicted Texas Man Opposes State’s Request for Faster Death Penalty Appeals

Wrongfully Convicted Texas Man Opposes State’s Request for Faster Death Penalty Appeals

Anthony Graves, who spent 12 years on death row for a murder he did not commit, argues against the state’s push to speed up the federal appeals process for capital punishment cases. Read the full story here.

Two Years Later: A House Reunited
Kate Parker, 48, with her son, Joshua, 12, at her home in Grants Pass, Ore. In 2014, Parker was accused by prosecutors of manipulating doctors and others to provide harmful treatment to her son, Joshua and two of her other children. Most major charges were dropped within weeks after The Medill Justice Project published an in-depth investigation that questioned many of the accusations against Parker. (Allisha Azlan/The Medill Justice Project)

Two Years Later: A House Reunited

Kate Parker moves on after being set free, with her family by her side. Read the story here.

Judge Vacates Ariel Gomez’s Murder Conviction

Judge Vacates Ariel Gomez’s Murder Conviction

A Cook County Circuit Court judge has vacated the conviction of Ariel Gomez, 38, who served 20 years in prison for a murder he said he did not 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.

The Death Belt

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.

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.



April 2018

In April 2018, The Medill Justice Project gave a talk at the Journalism Education Association/National Scholastic Press Association Spring National High School Journalism Convention in San Francisco about its work.

April 2018

In April 2018, the Chicago Headline Club named The Medill Justice Project a finalist for six Peter Lisagor Awards. The Lisagor awards, which are open to professional journalists in Illinois and parts of Indiana, honor superior contributions to journalism. MJP is being recognized for our reporting, television programming, photography and video.

April 2018

In April 2018, the Columbia Scholastic Press Association named MJP students the recipient of several Gold Circle Awards. MJP won first place for our investigation of the Ysole Krol case in the in-depth news/feature story category. MJP also won first place for our investigation of the Steven Slutzker case in the general feature category. MJP’s photos of Jennifer Del Prete and her daughter Tia won second place in the photo slideshow category. MJP won third place for our story on Andre Gonzales in the personality profile category and third place for our investigation of the Ysole Krol case in the news feature category.

March 2018

In March 2018, the Columbia Scholastic Press Association awarded The Medill Justice Project with a Silver Crown Award. Crown Awards are “the highest recognition given by the CSPA to a student print or digital medium for overall excellence.”

Season Two

Season One