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
We review wrongful convictions in cases of actual innocence. 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. Before we take on a case there must also be a realistic possibility that new evidence will prove your innocence. For example, DNA testing may exonerate you. Similarly, the 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, we are unable to respond to requests received by e-mail or telephone.
Please keep in mind that you must actually be innocent and that 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 of your sentence remains to be served, and what you were convicted of.
Innocence Project of Minnesota
1536 Hewitt Avenue, MS-D2204
St. Paul, MN 55104
Fraud Alert– We have heard that there are people who fraudulently represent themselves as working for the Innocence Project, promising legal representation in exchange for money. These people do not work for the Innocence Project. The Innocence Project provides all legal representation for free. While we rely on charitable donations to support our work, we never solicit money for our services from our clients.