Founded in 2000, RMIC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that works to correct and prevent the conviction of innocent people in Utah, Nevada, and Wyoming.
RMIC examines both DNA and non-DNA cases and, in 2004, achieved the DNA exoneration of Bruce Dallas Goodman, who served 18 years in prison for a rape and murder he did not commit. In May of 2011, RMIC also secured the release of Debra Brown, who spent 17 years in prison for a murder she did not commit. Ms. Brown was the first person to be exonerated under Utah’s non-DNA factual innocence statute, which RMIC helped to write and pass in 2008. Ms. Brown was formally exonerated and awarded compensation on July 12, 2013. Her case set important precedent in Utah. Also in 2011, RMIC secured the exoneration and compensation of Harry Miller, who spent 4 years in prison for a robbery he did not commit. Mr. Miller is the second person exonerated under Utah’s non-DNA factual innocence statute.
In April 2013, RMIC secured the release of Andrew Johnson, who spent 24 years in a Wyoming prison for an aggravated rape and burglary he did not commit. And on August 7, 2013, Mr. Johnson was fully and finally exonerated, making him the first person to be exonerated by DNA evidence in the State of Wyoming. Currently, Wyoming does not have a compensation law in place, and twice since Mr. Johnson’s exoneration, RMIC’s Legal Director, Jensie Anderson, has spoken to the Wyoming Legislature regarding their desire to pass a compensation bill based on our Utah exoneration and innocence assistance compensation bill. RMIC continues to advocate for such a bill in Wyoming, as well as a bill similar to Utah’s non-DNA factual innocence statute.