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Application Process

The Board of Pardons meets twice each year. Applications considered at the spring meeting must be received by December 1 the preceding year and applications considered at the fall meeting must be received by June 1.

Applications for pardon extraordinary are thoroughly investigated. The county attorney and judge involved in your case and any victims who are still available will be asked for their input on your application.

Applicants must disclose all criminal convictions, including those in other jurisdictions, in the application. The information in your application will be cross-checked against a variety of sources including: records from prison, probation or supervised release, courts, and driving records. The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) will verify that you have not had any subsequent convictions. Depending on the circumstances, records may also be requested from other states, military authorities, the federal government, and foreign governments. Notice will be published in a newspaper in the county where you were convicted indicating your crime and conviction date, and that you have applied for a pardon extraordinary.

In addition, the Board will be given information about significant arrests not resulting in prosecution and relevant civil determinations, such as Orders for Protection. Therefore, an applicant would be well advised to present any explanation of such matters. Financial matters, such as bankruptcy, are not generally considered.

Information provided in the application and gathered during the investigation into your case, including data classified as private, will be given to board members, and may be made available to the public. If the pardon extraordinary is granted, a copy of the pardon extraordinary will be placed in the court file and the BCA will enter "pardon extraordinary granted" on pardoned court records. The public BCA criminal history report will not show any pardoned crimes.

Applicants still serving an active sentence may request a pardon or commutation of their current sentence. Commutation is a reduction of the sentence imposed by the court. While the reduction is recorded in official documents, the conviction remains a matter of public record and the consequences of having a felony conviction remain in effect. The board has not granted a pardon or commutation of an active sentence since 1993.

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