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Application Process

The Board of Pardons meets twice each year, in the spring and fall. Applications considered at the spring meeting must be received by December 1 of 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 court records, correctional records, 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 harassment restraining orders and 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 criminal sentence may request a pardon or commutation. A 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. Applications for a pardon or commutation relating to an active criminal sentence are prescreened by the Board's secretary to determine whether they are deserving of further review by the Board and, if not, they are excluded from the meeting agenda. A summary of excluded applications and the reasons for exclusion are forwarded to the Board members, who are given an opportunity to express any disagreement with an exclusion decision and request that an excluded application be placed on a future meeting agenda for further consideration.  

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