OVER 1,850 EXONERATED SINCE 1989
from U.S. prisons for crimes they did not commit.read the profiles
Through the efforts of the Innocence Network and others, over 340 men and women have been released from prison after serving years in prison for crimes they did not commit.read the profiles
Heather Ring attended the University of Minnesota for her undergraduate and law studies. She also completed a Masters in Conflict and Sustainable Peace at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, in Belgium.
After completing her law degree, Heather worked as a program coordinator for Heartland International, a small nonprofit in Chicago focusing on democracy and economic development educational programming. She then joined Jeffrey B. Ring & Associates as a criminal defense attorney. In 2011, her career brought her back to her alma mater, when she joined the University of Minnesota Foundation as a regional development officer in charge of the University’s major gift portfolio in the Northeastern United States. In this position Heather excelled at cultivating and building donor relationships on behalf of the University.
Since joining IPMN in March of 2015 as the Executive Director, Heather has worked with the board to develop IPMN to its fullest potential. An avid world traveler, Heather looks forward to continued adventures, and especially enjoys meeting her innocence colleagues from around the world.
Julie Jonas completed her undergraduate and law degrees at the University of Minnesota. After law school, she practiced for eight years with the Ramsey County Public Defender’s Office, where she handled a large caseload, representing clients in felony and misdemeanor cases.
She is currently the Legal Director for the Innocence Project of Minnesota, where she has worked since 2003. In her capacity she directs the screening, investigation and litigation of all IPMN cases. She also works on critical criminal justice policy issues. Her work was instrumental in Minnesota’s passage of its 2014 Imprisonment and Exoneration Remedies Act awarding compensation to innocent Minnesota exonerees.
In addition to her work for the Project, Julie teaches at all of the Minnesota law schools, focusing on the prevention of wrongful convictions and working with clinical students to reinvestigate cases of potential innocence.
The highlights of her career are the days when she can help innocent people secure their release from prison.