Actual innocence almost always means that you were not 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 also 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.
Actual Innocence Does Not Mean:
I did it but in self defense.
I did it but the sex was consensual.
I was there but played a lesser role in the crime.
I did it but the state didn't prove I did it.
I did it but the state brought the wrong charges.
I did it but my rights were violated.
You must be actually innocent and we must have a realistic chance of proving your innocence. In your letter, tell us the alleged crime for which you were convicted, why you are innocent, where you were convicted, and the remaining time on your sentence.
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.
Please Keep in Mind
IF YOU WANT HELP WITH YOUR CASE, YOU (NOT YOUR FRIENDS OR FAMILY MEMBERS) MUST SEND A LETTER* TO US BY U.S. MAIL TO:
The Innocence Project of Minnesota 229 19th Avenue South Suite 285 Minneapolis, MN 55455
*Because of the volume of requests, IPMN is unable to respond to requests received by e-mail or telephone.