Montana Innocence Project client Katie Garding was wrongfully convicted ten years ago. She has two sons. Carson, 18, has lived with his grandparents since Katie’s wrongful incarceration. Eli, 10, was just born when she was charged with vehicular homicide. Katie selflessly gave Eli up for adoption upon realizing she may be wrongfully convicted. Garding is currently in a pre-release center and is hopeful she will get to celebrate Mother’s Day with Carson next year. Katie spoke with us about being a mom, her experience as an incarcerated parent, and what life lessons she hopes to teach Carson when they are finally reunited.
Thank you to all who participated in our holiday card drive this year! We just mailed nearly 80 messages of support and hope to wrongfully convicted Montanans. Special thank you to @noteworthypaper for donating cards. We know our clients will appreciate the time you took to write them!
We hope you’ll consider supporting the Montana Innocence Project this Giving Tuesday–a generous act that provides hope for innocent people in prison. Every gift keeps cases moving forward!
Proud father, loving husband, inspirational advocate for innocence, talented musician, and beloved member of the Montana Innocence Project family: that was Rob Garding.
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Montana Innocence Project client Kelly Worthan is one of only four applicants from Montana State Prison accepted to Montana State University-Billings. He will study liberal arts and hopes to either work in criminal justice or become a personal trainer for older adults.
Join us tomorrow! @mtwomenvote is hosting a community discussion on criminal legal reform efforts taking place in the upcoming legislative session! MTIP Executive Director, Amy Sings In The Timber, will speak.