What We Do
The Innocence Project of Minnesota represents people who were wrongfully convicted for crimes they did not commit. We also educate attorneys and criminal justice professionals on best practices, and work to reform the criminal justice system to prevent wrongful convictions and other unjust results in criminal cases.
Our legal team investigates claims of wrongful conviction from prisoners convicted of crimes in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota where DNA or other overwhelming evidence of innocence is present. We also educate attorneys and criminal justice professionals on best practices to reform the criminal justice system.
Each year we field nearly 350 phones calls, emails and requests for information on our services. We send out over 150 questionnaires to inmates with potential claims of innocence. We have 30 cases open in screening and investigation, and another 13 awaiting screening. We are currently litigating 3 cases.