At Chicago's Northwestern University, every semester a group of David Protess' undergraduate journalism students investigate wrongful convictions. Formed in 1999 by Protess and students, the Medill Innocence Project has uncovered evidence to free 11 innocent men, five of them on death row in the state of Illinois. Due to their work, a moratorium on capital punishment was put in place, until the governor abolished the death penalty outright on March 9, 2011.
Illinois abolishes death penalty
March 31, 2011