The Montana Innocence Project is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to exonerating the innocent and preventing wrongful convictions.


We use DNA and other evidence to advance credible claims of innocence through our interdisciplinary Innocence Clinic based at the University of Montana School of Law. We also work to improve our criminal justice system through proven public policy reforms, and through training and education for attorneys, law enforcement and other Montanans across the state.

Launched in 2008 we have screened over 800 cases. Board members, pro bono attorneys, experts, students and volunteers invest more than 3,500 hours per year. 

Combined, our clients have spent over 100 years in prison for crimes they did not commit. That's over 36,500 days without freedom.

The average prisoner in Montana costs the taxpayer $36,000 per year. That means based on our active litigation clients, Montanans have spent more than $3,000,000 keeping innocent men and women in prison.

5 Exonerations

5 Active cases

65 Open cases