Applicable Form of Executive Clemency: Commutation of Sentence

Eligibility: All inmates are eligible to apply.

Application Process: There is one application for either a pardon or a commutation. After the form is requested the applicant selects which he/she believes he/she should be considered for. Applications are available by contacting:

Commonwealth of Kentucky 
Office of the Governor 
700 Capitol Avenue, Suite 100 
Frankfort, KY 40601 
Tel: (502) 564-2611 
Fax: (502) 564-2517

Click here to see a sample clemency form. An official clemency application must be requested directly from the Office of the Governor.

Letters of recommendation in support of the request for commutation must also accompany the application. There is an absolute minimum requirement of 3 letters. Letters may be submitted from all sources, including but not limited to the following: neighbors, employers, co-workers, pastors, church members, elected officials, judges, prosecutors, and family members.

Submitting a completed application to the Office of the Governor will result only in a consideration for a commutation of sentence. There is no assurance that one will be granted.

The Governor's Deputy Counsel reviews all applications and forwards them to the Governor for final decision.

Every effort has been made to make this information accurate and up-to-date. Errors are inevitable and changes occur frequently. We would appreciate learning of any errors or inaccuracies regarding any information on this Webpage as soon as possible. Please write to

Last Updated: 06/23/14