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Original content produced by The Medill Justice Project.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch Publishes The Medill Justice Project’s Investigation on Juveniles Sentenced to Life Without Parole

Six years after landmark Supreme Court ruling, many inmates convicted as juveniles remain in prison

Over the course of 10 weeks, three MJP interns examined how lengthy resentencings and repeated parole denials keep juvenile offenders in prison indefinitely. Read the story in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Read the full story here.

The Detroit Free Press Publishes The Medill Justice Project’s Investigation on the Case of Kenneth Nixon

In a 10-week investigation, The Medill Justice Project discovered internal memos from police and prosecution that cast doubt on Nixon’s guilt. Read the full story on the Detroit Free Press here.

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

By Zak Bennett for The Medill Justice Project

Andre Gonzales Is Released From Prison

A judge ordered Andre Gonzales (left) to be released from prison after prosecutors dropped all charges against him. (Carl Juste / Miami Herald staff)

By Allisha Azlan
The Medill Justice Project

MIAMI, Oct 15 – Andre Gonzales, who spent 12 years in prison for Read the full story here.

Judge Vacates Andre Gonzales’ Murder Conviction, Orders New Trial

Ruling comes after a key eyewitness found by MJP testified that convicted killer didn’t commit the crime

Andre Gonzales is serving a life sentence for a murder he said he didn’t commit, was ordered a new trial after a judge vacated his conviction Read the full story here.

The Los Angeles Times Publishes The Medill Justice Project’s Investigation on a California Death Row Inmate

Kevin Cooper, who has been on death row for decades, is pushing for new DNA tests. Read the full story here.

The Death Belt

Bulletproof Faith

The condemned seek solace from their death row companion, a chaplain

Third in a series

Father George Williams, the Catholic chaplain at San Quentin State Prison, wears a bulletproof vest as he celebrates mass for death row inmates. (Photo courtesy: San Quentin State Read the full story here.

Two Years Later: A House Reunited

Kate Parker moves on after being set free, with her family by her side

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 Read the full story here.

Judge Vacates Ariel Gomez’s Murder Conviction

In an interview with The Medill Justice Project at Pontiac Correctional Center in Pontiac, Ill., Ariel Gomez explains how he fired his gun once into the air, not into the crowd. (The Medill Justice Project)

By Allisha Azlan and Rachel Fobar
The Medill Read the full story here.

Michigan Mother Seeks New Trial in Shaken-Baby Syndrome Case

Lawyers for Tonia Miller, a Michigan mother convicted of killing her daughter in 2001, have filed a motion for a new trial, asserting the child wasn’t a victim of shaken-baby syndrome but of an illness.

In its court filing, the Michigan Innocence Clinic at the University of Michigan Law School argued the 11-week-old infant, Alicia Duff, died of pneumonia. Prosecutors had accused Miller of violently shaking her child.Read the full story here.