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NEW YORK – Amanda Knox maintained Friday that she won’t go back to Italy to face trial again in an interview on the Today Show with Matt Lauer

“I was already imprisoned as an innocent person in Italy and I can’t reconcile the choice to go back with that experience,” Knox said to Lauer in her first TV interview about the upcoming retrial in Florence on Sept. 30. “It’s not a possibility, as I was imprisoned as an innocent person and I just can’t relive that.

“I don’t think I’m going to be put back in prison. I think that we’re going to win. That’s why I’m fighting this fight, that’s why I continue to put forth the defensive argument in court.”

MORE: See her full interview with Matt Lauer on TODAY.com. 

She said not going back isn’t an admission of guilt.

“I look at it as an admission of innocence, to be quite honest,” she told Lauer.

“Besides the fact that there are so many factors that are not allowing me to go back; financial ones, ones where I’m going to school, ones where I want the court to proceed without distraction. I was imprisoned as an innocent person. It’s common sense not to go back,” Knox said.

The thought of a return to prison haunts her, as she wrote about in an original essay for TODAY.com.