The Montana Innocence Project recognized the Eight Annual International Wrongful Conviction Day with three virtual events. For those who were unable to attend, a recording of each event is available to view below:
The Fight Continues for Katie Garding
This event featured a conversation between MTIP Legal Director, Caiti Carpenter, and MTIP client Katie Garding. They discussed the process of exoneration, where Katie’s case stands today, and how the fight continues for Katie and all unjustly convicted people.
Shining a Light on Re-Entry and Compensation
This event featured a panel discussion about the issues of returning citizens re-entering and exoneree compensation. Panelists included MTIP freed client Dave Wilkes, Welcome Back Community Organizer Benny Lacayo, and Social Worker Jenea Buhler.
The Fight Continues for Justice and Accountability
This virtual rally featured was in partnership with the Montana chapter of the Black Law Students Association and featured speakers about justice and accountability plus live entertainment. There were musical performances by Rob Garding, singer/songwriter and MTIP client Katie Garding’s dad; and Missoula-based singer/songwriter, Lee Rizzo. Speakers included Rep. Kim Abbott; Appellate Defender, Moses Okeyo; and keynote speaker Eldena Bear Don’t Walk, Regional Deputy Defender for the Office of the Public Defender Region 3.