The Montana Innocence Project (MTIP) was founded in June 2008 by a committed group of public officials, attorneys, journalists and professors. MTIP is a statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to exonerating the innocent and preventing wrongful convictions.
We provide charitable legal and investigative assistance to Montana prisoners who pass our rigorous screening. While physical evidence such as DNA is used to advance many claims, MTIP also accepts cases where DNA evidence is not available. In addition to MTIP’s casework, we advocate for public policy reforms that will prevent wrongful convictions.
Our small staff and dedicated volunteers screen, investigate and litigate innocence claims through the Innocence Clinic, which we operate in affiliation with the Alexander Blewett III School of Law at the University of Montana and the University of Montana School of Journalism. Through this interdisciplinary clinic, law, journalism, paralegal and criminology students assist our casework while gaining hands-on training, a wide range of skills, and a strong understanding of our justice system.