Megan Ayers is a junior at the University of Montana. She is studying Sociology with a focus in Criminology and a minor in Psychology. This will be her second year at the Montana Innocence Project and she is looking forward to furthering her investigative skills and learning more about the criminal justice system. Her interest in the legal system originally sparked from watching her father’s career as a Montana Highway Patrol Sergeant. In her free time, she is involved with many on campus activities including the Criminology Club and enjoys spending time with her cat, Molly, parents, Scott and Monica, and boyfriend, Eric. She hopes to work as an investigator after college.
Monica Frame is a double major in Sociology with a concentration in Criminology and Psychology with a certificate in Forensic Science. Monica wanted to intern with the Montana Innocence Project because she wanted to help work to exonerate innocent prisoners through post-conviction DNA testing and develop and implement policy changes to prevent wrongful convictions and otherwise help reform the criminal justice system.This is Monica’s second semester with the Montana Innocence Project and this has been truly an amazing experience for her. Monica says interning with the Montana Innocence Project gives her an opportunity to learn more about the criminal justice system and become more aware of how the flaws in this system can influence the lives of the innocent. Monica is the Vice President of UM’s Criminology Club and her spare time is spent with her dog Diamond.
Phallon Arthun is a junior at the University of Montana. She is double majoring in Sociology with a focus in Criminology and Psychology. As a criminology student she has found an interest in the legal system and what faults can come from it. Phallon is eager to help right these wrongs and to learn more about the processes.
Henny Hearn is a senior at the University of Montana. She is studying Sociology with a minor in German. She is excited about being an intern for the Montana Innocence Project because she is passionate about bringing justice to innocent people who are wrongfully convicted. She believes that the number of innocent people in prison is outrageous compared to other western democracies. Henny also believes that criminal justice reform is incredibly necessary within the United States and that the Montana Innocence Project is taking steps toward that change. Henny plans to attend law school after college.
Grace Dunnehoff is a junior at the University of Montana. She is studying Political Science with an option in public law and a minor in Climate Change Studies. Grace is looking forward to being a part of an organization that works on reforming our criminal justice system while also getting hands on experience with our legal system.
Natalie Mozer is a senior at the University of Montana, studying Sociology with an Emphasis in Criminology and minoring in Native American Studies. Natalie is passionate about bringing change and righting the wrongs done by our imperfect criminal justice system. She believes that the correctional system in America can be changed, but not easily and not without a societal push. She plans to graduate in the Spring of 2019 and go on to work in Law Enforcement. She will continue to word towards criminal justice reform, specifically within the police force she respects but also holds to high standards.
Brandt Davidson is a senior Anthropology major with a concentration in Forensics and former member of the Griz Football team. His interests are criminology, forensics, and native studies as he is a member of the Rosebud Lakota tribe. He plans on graduating in May and pursuing a medical degree with an interest in Pathology. The Montana Innocence Project is an opportunity to work with the community, law professionals and scientists in an effort to stand up for those that may not have received a fair or thorough experience in our justice system. He is grateful for the opportunity to learn, get experience and see all sides of the issues which he will use to broaden his knowledge and others he meets.