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?
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 – until March 1, 2020 – documents can be sent by U.S. Mail to the Board of Pardons and Paroles, Pardons Unit, 55 West Main Street, Suite 520, Waterbury, CT, 06702.
After March 1, 2020, the Board of Pardons and Paroles will stop accepting paper applications, since they are currently rolling out an online portal, in which pardon applications will be accepted. For further information, please see this link: https://portal.ct.gov/BOPP/Pardon-Division/Pardon/Pardon-Info
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, link here: 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.
TO FIND PROVIDERS IN CONNECTICUT’S COMMUNITY RESOURCES DATABASE:
SOURCES: Connecticut Law Library’s Judicial website; Connecticut Department of Correction
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CONTENT LAST REVIEWED: December2022