Montana Innocence Project: Join in the fight for justice

2013-12-01T10:15:00Z Montana Innocence Project: Join in the fight for justice missoulian.com
December 01, 2013 10:15 am

It is a sad fact that our legal system does convict and incarcerate innocent people. So I appreciated the (Nov. 21) article regarding Brian D’Ambrosio’s efforts on behalf of the wrongly imprisoned Ryan Ferguson in Missouri. And I applaud D’Ambrosio’s desire to help others in similar circumstances.

However, I am afraid he is missing the boat by desiring to start a nonprofit to help the wrongly convicted. That nonprofit already exists. The Montana Innocence Project (www.mtinnocenceproject.org) is part of the national Innocence Project, an organization, that is, according to its website, “a litigation and public policy organization dedicated to exonerating wrongly convicted individuals through DNA testing and reforming the criminal justice system to prevent future injustice.”

Further, “the Innocence Project is a founding member (along with several longtime partners) of the Innocence Network, an affiliation of independent organizations working to overturn wrongful convictions and improve the criminal justice system. There are more than 62 independent organizations from around the world involved in the Innocence Network. The organizations vary in size, scope and criteria for case acceptance, but all coordinate to share information and expertise.”

I would encourage everyone to support these organizations as they work to improve our criminal justice system and exonerate the wrongly incarcerated.

Earl Owens,

Missoula

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