Pardons

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The material provided on the 211 eLibrary is for informational purposes only. It is not intended to be and should not be construed as legal advice.  The following information was excerpted from the frequently asked questions on the Connecticut Board of Pardons and Paroles.

HOW ARE PARDONS GRANTED IN CONNECTICUT?

The Connecticut Board of Pardons and Paroles has the authority to:

Although the Governor has no authority to grant pardons or commutations, he/she may grant a reprieve in all cases except impeachment.

WHAT TYPES OF PARDONS ARE AVAILABLE?

There are three types of pardons.  Full Pardon, Conditional Pardon and a Certificate of Employability:

APPLYING FOR A PARDON IN CONNECTICUT

To apply for a pardon you must complete an application (a.k.a. petition) for a pardon and submit it to Board of Pardons and Paroles. You can get the form from the Board by calling the Board main office at (203) 805-6643, or you can download the form by going to the Connecticut Board of Pardons and Paroles, website, http://www.ct.gov/bopp.  The application form will include information on what documents you must submit with the petition, such as a certified copy of your conviction record from the court, a personal statement, and three character references. The form will have the details on how to obtain or prepare these documents.

Please note that all documents MUST be sent by U.S. Mail to Board of Pardons and Paroles, Pardons Unit, 55 West Main St. Suite 520, Waterbury, CT 06702.

PERSONAL DELIVERIES WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. If your application form is not completed in accordance with the instructions, it will not be presented to the Board. Although you are not required to have an attorney to submit a petition for a pardon, it may be to your advantage to consult with an attorney before submitting a petition.  Applications are processed continuously on a first-come, first-served basis.

For Pardon Application Process and Instructions, follow link for Current Offenders (currently serving a sentence), Expungement (for former offenders) and Provisional Pardon Application forms, instructions and frequently asked questions, link to (and scroll down to Pardon’s Unit applications): http://www.ct.gov/bopp/cwp/view.asp?a=4331&q=508204

For more information on determining eligibility to apply for an expungement, see the Connecticut Pardon Team website.

For more information on CT State Laws and other miscellaneous information: Connecticut Law Library’s Judicial website.

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SOURCES: Connecticut Law Library’s Judicial website; Connecticut Department of Correction
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