Executive Clemency

The Board is responsible for reviewing requests for executive clemency, including both pardons and commutation of sentence, and making recommendations to the Governor.

House Bill 43, passed by the 2015 Legislature, gave the Governor authority to review the Board’s clemency recommendations and make a final, binding determination.

Applying for Executive Clemency

Applications must be in writing, signed by the applicant and filed with the Board of Pardons and Parole. The application available is online at Executive Clemency Application

Who may file an application?

Applications may be filed only by:

  • the person convicted of the crime
  • the inmate's attorney acting on the inmate's behalf and with consent
  • a court-appointed next friend, guardian or conservator acting on the inmate’s behalf


Unless the Board orders otherwise or there has been a substantial change in circumstances, as determined by the Board, a person may not reapply for executive clemency.

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