Founded in 2008 and based at the Alexander Blewett III School of Law at the University of Montana, the Montana Innocence Project is a statewide nonprofit organization with two core missions:
Why We Work
Our criminal justice system incarcerates innocent people. Since 1989, there have been:
Montana’s criminal justice system is not immune to these problems. Since 1997, 14 people have been exonerated in Montana. Our six exonerated clients alone spent nearly 100 years combined in prison for crimes they did not commit.
MTIP is the only Montana organization working to address and prevent these injustices.
Exonerees we Served
With your help we can transform hope into freedom.Our efforts are possible thanks to major support from the Angora Ridge Foundation, as well as the Ila B. Dousman Fund, Montana Justice Foundation, Oro Y Plata Foundation, Sample Foundation, Steele Reese Foundation, the University of…
We provide pro bono legal representation to exonerate people with claims of innocence. People in Montana have been wrongly convicted because of prosecutorial abuse, false testimony, ineffective assistance of counsel, false confessions, junk science, and mistaken identification, and we investigate and litigate all of…
MTIP works in the courts, in our communities, and before policymakers to exonerate the innocent and prevent wrongful convictions. Since 2008, we have: Led the effort to create one of the strongest post-conviction DNA testing laws in the country. Led the effort to require…