The Board of Pardons consists of three members: the Governor, the Minnesota Attorney General, and the Chief Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court. Each member has an equal vote and a unanimous vote is necessary to grant a pardon. The Minnesota Commissioner of Corrections serves as secretary to the board, but does not vote.
The board meets twice a year, in the spring and fall, and its meetings are open to the public. All applicants for pardon extraordinaries are expected to appear before the board at the meetings so members can ask the applicants questions. The board is particularly interested in hearing about involvement in the community, recovery from drug, alcohol or gambling addiction if applicable, and any accomplishments that would warrant their attention. Applicants are encouraged to have one or two people appear at the hearing who can speak about the applicant’s growth and reputation in the community.
Governor Tim Walz
Attorney General Keith Ellison
Chief Justice Lorie Gildea
Secretary of the Board of Pardons
DOC Commissioner Paul Schnell