Founded in June 2008 by a committed group of public officials, attorneys, journalists and professors, the Montana Innocence Project (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 also advocate for public policy reforms that will prevent wrongful convictions and work to educate Montanans across the state. Our small staff and dedicated volunteers screen, investigate and litigate innocence claims through the Innocence Clinic we operate in affiliation with the University of Montana School of Law and 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.
Volunteers are critical to helping the Montana Innocence Project achieve its mission of exonerating the innocent and preventing wrongful convictions. Thanks to over 2000 hours donated each year by talented attorneys, interns and volunteers, we are able to further our mission.