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Delaware Officials Announce Actual Innocence Project

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP/WBOC)- Officials in Delaware have created a project they say is designed to ensure that no one is serving time in a state prison if there is evidence that establishes their innocence.
    
Attorney General Matt Denn announced the Actual Innocence Project in a statement Friday. The office will consider petitions from inmates who have physical, scientific or documentary evidence suggesting they committed no wrongdoing. The project will not consider petitions based only on recantations or revisions of prior statements or new statements.

“Our prosecutors believe in justice,” Denn said. “That means ensuring that people who have committed crimes are appropriately punished, and it means ensuring that people who have not committed crimes are not punished. The Actual Innocence Project is another tool for us to ensure that we are fulfilling that responsibility.”
    
Delaware officials say the project will involve state Department of Justice officials as well as a special assistant attorney general appointed from outside the department.
    
Former Delaware Supreme Court Justice Henry duPont Ridgely is volunteering as the first special assistant attorney general to assist with the project.

“If even one person in prison is actually innocent of any crime, that is one person too many,” Ridgely said. “I look forward to helping the Department of Justice identify if that has happened so that justice may be done.”

Persons may obtain the written materials needed to file a petition with the Actual Innocence Project on the Delaware Department of Justice website at attorneygeneral.delaware.gov/innocence.

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