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 or commutation. The Minnesota Commissioner of Corrections serves as the secretary of the Board, but does not vote.
The Board meets twice a year, typically in the spring and fall, and its meetings are open to the public. All applicants for pardons extraordinary 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 community involvement; recovery from drug, alcohol, or gambling addiction, if applicable; and any accomplishments or achievements that would warrant their attention. Applicants are encouraged to have one or two people appear at the hearing who can speak about their 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