Actual innocence almost always means that you weren’t present at the time the crime was committed and always means you played no role in its commission. Actual innocence means you didn’t do it. There must be a realistic possibility that new evidence can prove your innocence. For example, DNA testing may exonerate you. Similarly, investigation may prove that someone else committed the crime.

If your request passes preliminary screening, a detailed questionnaire will be sent. When we receive your completed questionnaire, we will send you a letter letting you know that your application has been received. We thoroughly review each application and examine the relevant records.

To have a case considered, you must contact the Innocence Project of Minnesota in writing. Because of the volume of requests, IPMN is unable to respond to requests received by e-mail or telephone.

Please keep in mind: you must be actually innocent and we must have a realistic chance of proving your innocence. In your letter, tell us why you are innocent, where you were convicted, how much time of you sentence is remaining to be served, and what you were convicted of.

Address Letters to:

Minnesota Innocence Project
1536 Hewitt Avenue
St. Paul, MN  55104

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