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News archives

Original content produced by The Medill Justice Project.

The Death Belt

A killing comes home

The sister of a murder victim struggles to find meaning at the epicenter of the fight over the death penalty in the United States

First in a series

When Bethany Webb lost her sister in a 2011 mass shooting, she experienced a 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.

DNA Tests in Wisconsin Murder Raise Questions Amid Alleged Evidence Tampering

In the Ken Hudson case, experts are puzzled by tests finding no human DNA in the red substance on his left foot. Is it animal blood? A judge has granted more testing.

Ken Hudson sits in the back of a police car after his Read the full story here.

Oklahoma Prisoner Files Request for Post-Conviction Relief

Rodney Fisher, sentenced to life after purse snatchings and prison escape, has obtained new lawyers after Medill Justice Project investigation

Found guilty in a spate of purse snatchings and a prison escape, Rodney Fisher has obtained new lawyers who have filed a petition challenging Read the full story here.

Wrong Place, Wrong Time

A split-second decision ends in a deadly encounter in the Chicago suburbs

No one accuses Ysole Krol of firing the weapon. But did she hand the gun to her boyfriend? And if she did, is that worth a 35-year prison sentence?

Ysole Krol and Sergio Read the full story here.

Del Prete Sues Police, Medical Expert

Jennifer Del Prete, center, holds a press conference to announce she filed a civil suit against the villages of Romeoville and Plainfield, Romeoville police and a medical expert, alleging they suppressed and fabricated evidence which led to her wrongful imprisonment. Her murder conviction 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.

Code of Silence

MIAMI—Andre Gonzales used to pride himself on dressing in the latest designer clothes. His walk-in closet in his old Brownsville apartment was crowded with dozens of wide-brimmed baseball caps and stacks of Air Jordan sneakers. Brands like Rocawear, Sean John and Phat Farm—coveted staples in hip-hop and urban streetwear communities—hung heavily on racks.

Today, the only clothing label he wears is prison-issued. Having spent the last decade behind bars, Gonzales knows his family gave away most of his closet’s collection—markers for the fashion of the early 2000s—as they began doubting he would don them again as a free man.Read the full story here.

Shadows and Ghosts

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