Montana Innocence Project client Joseph Jefferson-Dust was wrongfully convicted of Criminal Endangerment in 2017 following a false accusation. His case began when his accuser fully recanted. In an incredible turn of events, Yellowstone County Prosecutor Sarah Hyde acted swiftly upon recognizing the lack of evidence and moved the Court to vacate the conviction. On July 28, Joe appeared before Judge Brett Linneweber who relieved Joe of all duties to probation and parole and indicated that he will vacate the conviction. In today’s episode of Unpacking Injustice, Joe discusses his reaction to the hearing, the impact of probation restrictions on his connection with his culture and family, and what life looks like for him when his case is resolved.
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