The Board of Pardons meets twice a year, once in the spring and again in the fall. Applications to be considered during the spring hearing must be received by December 1 and applications to be considered during the fall hearing must be received by June 1.
Applications for Pardon Extraordinary are thoroughly investigated. The county attorney and judge who were involved in your case and any victims who are still available are asked for their input about your application.
Applicants must disclose all criminal convictions, including those in other jurisdictions, at the time of application. The information in your application will be cross-checked against variety of sources including: records from prison, probation or supervised release 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, and foreign governments. Notice will be published in a newspaper in the county you were convicted indicating 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 and the like are not generally considered.
Information provided in the application and any that is gathered to investigate your case, including data that was classified as private, will be given to board members, and may be made available to the public. If the pardon extraordinary is granted, court records of the conviction will no longer be sealed as they were previously. Instead, a copy of the pardon extraordinary will be placed in the court file and the BCA will enter "pardon extraordinary granted" on their records.
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.