On National Dog Day, Montana Innocence Project client Katie Garding discusses her participation in PrisonPAWS at the Montana Women’s Prison where she was wrongfully incarcerated for 10 years. During her time with the “dog pod,” Katie trained more than 60 dogs. The dogs and other women who participated in the program were her support system as she spent a decade in prison for a crime she did not commit. Katie currently lives in a pre-release center in Billings. She may be paroled within the year and hopes to continue working with animals.
We are excited to share the news that the United States District Court for the District of Montana, Missoula Division found in favor of our client Katie Garding yesterday on her claim that she received ineffective assistance of counsel, violating her Sixth Amendment right to counsel. This decision means Katie’s conviction could be overturned! Read more at the link in our bio.
The Montana Supreme Court affirmed the denial of our client Aaron Oliphant’s Petition for Post Conviction Relief. Read more at the link in our bio, and please keep the Oliphants in your thoughts.
Read our 2022 Annual Report at the link in our bio!
Council of State Governments researchers Alison Martin and Matt Herman sat down with us to discuss racial equity and increasing race data availability in Montana’s criminal legal system. Listen at the link in our bio or by searching “Unpacking Injustice” on most podcast listening platforms!
Check out the story linked in our bio highlighting the vital work of law students Brandy Keesee and Annabelle Smith on our client Bernard Pease's case and his recent parole win.