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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 majority vote, with the Governor in that majority, is necessary to grant a pardon or commutation. The Board meets twice a year, typically in the fall/winter and spring/summer, and its meetings are open to the public. 

The Clemency Review Commission, which is still being formed, will consist of nine members who have been appointed by the Board. The Commission will perform the administrative work of the Board, establishing application deadlines, adopting new application forms, reviewing clemency applications for completeness and eligibility, and investigating applications. Beginning July 1, 2024, the Commission will meet at least four times a year to hear eligible clemency applications and make written recommendations to the Board about whether to grant or deny clemency. Applicants will be required to appear before the Commission, and victims will be given an opportunity to speak at the Commission meeting or submit a written statement to the Commission. After its meetings, the Commission will forward its recommendations to the Board. The Board will then consider and vote on the clemency applications heard by the Commission at one of its two semiannual meetings, and may or may not hold its own hearing on an application depending on the circumstances. 

Board Members

Governor Tim Walz


Governor Tim Walz

Attorney General Keith Ellison

Attorney General Keith Ellison

Chief Justice

Chief Justice Natalie Hudson

Executive Director of the Clemency Review Commission

Carli-StarkSQ
 
Carli Stark
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