No other organization in the states of Utah, Nevada and Wyoming provides innocence investigation and litigation services – and RMIC provides them entirely for free. RMIC is able to do this through a unique program that combines the efforts of trained and supervised law students from local law schools, as well as local volunteer attorneys. The students earn academic credit by conducting the investigations in RMIC’s cases to uncover the evidence that will prove innocence. The local attorneys get the opportunity to provide pro bono litigation services for the innocent person – which can be the most rewarding experience of one’s legal career.
The Rocky Mountain Innocence Center (RMIC) is a non-profit organization working to correct and prevent the wrongful conviction of innocent people in Utah, Nevada, and Wyoming.
We are the only organization in the region providing innocence investigation and litigation services – and we provide them entirely for free.
In order to provide these services free of charge, RMIC needs funding for both aspects of its mission, correcting and preventing wrongful convictions. Our work in correcting wrongful convictions involves providing direct legal services to innocent people in prison. Funding for this aspect of RMIC’s work covers expenses relating to the collection and preparation of case documents, investigation, fees for experts and testing, court filing fees, and travel. Funding also covers materials for training and supervising law students and volunteer attorneys. Our work in preventing wrongful convictions involves education and training for key justice officials, such as prosecutors, police officers, defense attorneys, and judges, as well as collaborating with regional and national stakeholders on justice reforms. Funding for this aspect of RMIC’s work covers staff time, materials, equipment, and travel associated with outreach, education, training, and coalition-building.
RMIC is the only organization working exclusively on innocence cases and innocence-related reforms in Utah, Nevada, and Wyoming, and thus our work is urgently needed. While we have enjoyed tremendous growth and success over the past four years, both our casework and educational work have expanded to the point that we must increase our budget significantly in order to continue our current level of momentum and achievements. The recent economic downfall has forced many foundations either to reduce funding significantly or close their doors altogether. Thus, we must look now more than ever to local philanthropists and individual supporters to help us carry out our mission. Only with increased support will we be able to continue providing free services to innocent prisoners and working regionally to prevent future wrongful convictions.