WILMINGTON, Del. — 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.

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.

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