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.