Our Results

Exonerate the Innocent

We provide pro bono legal representation to exonerate people with claims of innocence.

Since 2008, we have:

  • Exonerated six people who spent nearly 100 years combined in prison for crimes they did not commit. 
  • Reviewed over 850 innocence claims. 
  • Litigated case that created 9th Circuit precedent recognizing new forms of testing DNA is newly discovered evidence (U.S. v. Watson).
  • Litigated case that recognized witness recantation as a valid claim for individuals seeking post-conviction relief in Montana’s state courts (Marble v. State).  
  • Trained dozens of law students through the MTIP Innocence Clinic.

Prevent Wrongful Convictions

We work to build a just, fair, and accurate justice system in Montana.

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 police statewide to electronically record custodial interrogations in felony criminal cases.
  • Led the effort to create an interim study on appropriate compensation for wrongfully convicted individuals.
  • Sponsored CLEs and other seminars on wrongful convictions, Brady violations, mistaken eyewitness evidence, DNA evidence, and other innocence issues.