Medill Justice Project photos, videos and audio pieces created as part of our investigations.

Photo Essay: Andre Gonzales Reunites With Family After 12 Years In Prison

By Zak Bennett for The Medill Justice Project

Alibi and Faith

The Medill Justice Project premieres documentary examining a 17-year-old St. Louis murder case in which a key eyewitness recants

MJP also tracks down four witnesses who corroborate the accused’s alibi

By Allisha Azlan, Rishika Dugyala, Rachel Fobar, Rachel Frazin, Madeleine Greene, AnnMarie Hilton, Hayley Miller, Kimberly Rhum, Read the full story here.

Blanket of Nothingness

A veteran with PTSD seeks solace in her faith

First in a series: The New Dumping Grounds

By Allisha Azlan and Abhinanda Datta
The Medill Justice Project

Mental illness is an epidemic in U.S. prisons, especially for women. That’s the widespread conclusion of human rights groups across Read the full story here.

The Art of Detainment: Guantánamo Bay, Cuba

By Allisha Azlan
The Medill Justice Project


GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba–National security versus human rights. That’s what Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, has come to symbolize—a flashpoint of controversy—for many on the international stage. In a rare glimpse, the U.S. military gave The Medill Justice Project access to the detention camp—called the most expensive prison on the face of the earth—where suspected terrorists from across the globe continue to be held under intense security and under opaque circumstances at the U.S. Naval Station Guantánamo Bay. Read the full story here.

Shadows and Ghosts

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Hidden Scars

GALENA, Ill.—Draven was missing from home.

The 16-year-old boy had slipped out without saying a word, boarded a train from Chicago and rode for over two hours to meet a girl he met online. He didn’t see the flood of texts, missed calls and voicemails from friends and family. From everyone, it seemed—except his mom.

She had no idea he had gone missing. She was missing, too, in a way: locked up for a murder she maintained she didn’t commit.

Late that night, Draven returned home to a furious dad, aunt and grandma. They took his phone away, a blow to a teenager who already felt alone and used his phone to stay connected with his few friends. He says he was also dealing with being bullied in school, which he blamed partly on having a mom in prison.Read the full story here.

Daughter and Mother in Motion

By Medha Imam
The Medill Justice Project

Photo Essay: Freewheeling

By Alyssa Wisnieski
The Medill Justice Project

Jenni Del Prete, 46, kisses her daughter Tia Pearl, 27, wishing her good luck at the beginning of the Wheelchair Motocross World Championships in April in Grand Prairie, Texas. The challenge for wheelchair competitors like Tia is to perform Read the full story here.

Death Denied

The Medill Justice Project premieres death penalty documentary, ‘Sword of Damocles’Read the full story here.