First-ever Conviction Review Unit Begins Accepting Applications

(St. Paul, MN) -- Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison Tuesday announced that the first-ever Conviction Review Unit in Minnesota will begin accepting applications to review of potentially wrongful convictions. 

In June 2021, the CRU Advisory Board ratified one of the most expansive charters of a conviction review unit in the United States. It sets forth the guiding principles and governing policies the CRU. 

"The prosecutor’s job is not to exact the greatest possible punishment. It is not to win at all costs. The prosecutor's job is to be a minister of justice," said Attorney General Keith Ellison.  “We strive for perfection but know our system is imperfect. We will fearlessly review cases to make sure justice was served, and if not, to right those wrongs. Prosecutions where justice is not served hurt everyone and benefit no one except the true perpetrator." 

Individuals may apply for review of their case by requesting an application from the Attorney General’s office by e-mailing CRUinfoatag [dot] state [dot] mn [dot] us; by calling (651) 296-3353; and by mailing the Office of Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison, Attn.: Conviction Review Unit, 445 Minnesota Street, Suite 1400, St. Paul, MN 55101.  

Additionally, applications will be available at all Minnesota Department of Corrections facilities. Applicants may request the application through the Transitions Resource Center, Library, or Case Manager.