Centurion is an advocacy and investigative organization that considers cases of factual
innocence primarily in murder and rape cases carrying Life or Death sentences, but other cases of factual
innocence may be considered. We consider a life sentence to be 15 years minimum to serve before
parole eligibility. We do not take on accidental death, self defense cases, or cases where the defendant
had any involvement whatsoever in the crime for which he/she was convicted.
How to Write Centurion Ministries, Inc.
If you fit the above criteria, you may send us a letter (four pages or less) outlining the facts of your case.
Your summary should include the following points:
- What you were convicted of?
- Give a brief description of the crime.
- Why were you arrested and taken to trial?
- What evidence was used to convict you?
- What evidence is there that points toward your innocence?
DO NOT SEND ANY OTHER MATERIALS. We do not accept unsolicited documents. We will respond
within eight weeks with a letter that clearly states what we want in the way of information and what you
can expect from us if we are able to consider your case.
Send your letter to:
Centurion Ministries, Inc.
Attn: Case Development Manager
1000 Herrontown Road
Princeton, NJ 08540
PLEASE NOTE: We firmly insist that no one call our office -- not yourself, family, or friends. We will not
discuss your case with anyone but you, and this is done only through correspondence.
Whether you decide to write us back or not, it is important that you obtain your trial file and transcripts
from your trial lawyer. Your trial file is the file of materials your lawyer had when he or she went to trial
with you. The file should contain, police reports, forensic reports, witness statements, and pre-trial
motions. It is vital that you obtain this file and transcripts. You will need them to work on your case.
It also would be beneficial for you to see what the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA or FOIL) laws are for
your state. Then submit a request to the various relevant agencies for files relating to your case and the
crime you were convicted of. The prison law library will contain information about how and where to file.
One final note: While CM reviews hundreds of cases, we take on a very select few. This means that the
possibility of CM taking on your case is slim. There is no waiting list. Knowing this, if you decide to write
to us, we are more than happy to consider your case; however, we can not promise that we would ever
be able to take on your case.
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