Witness to Justice: What Happens inside the Medill Innocence Project

Through the Medill Innocence Project, undergraduate students have the power to affect change. They reopen legal cases, pour through documents and relentlessly hunt sources in pursuit of the answer to one critical question: Is the convict innocent?

These students work tirelessly, for their work is immensely important. In some cases, their findings saved lives, like that of Donald Watson. He was on death row when the students discovered a crucial detail that ultimately led to his exoneration: The nerves in his left arm were severely damaged. Without full control over both arms, he could not have held a woman by the collar while shooting a man in the head.

The Medill Innocence Project is intense, emotional and inspiring. It’s reporting for the public good.

— Katie Blunt

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