Applicable Form of Executive Clemency: Commutation of Sentence

Eligibility: The applicant must show that all other judicial remedies have been exhausted before a general pardon or commutation can be granted. This means that the applicant must have appealed the conviction or sentence, or petitioned for post-conviction relief. An Exhaustion of Remedies Form will be provided upon requesting the Application for Commutation from the Minnesota Board of Pardons.
Commutations are not granted unless there is some new information that the court did not consider or which makes your case unusual or extraordinary. A commutation will not be granted merely because a person is sorry for the crime, dissatisfied with the actions of the court or paroling authority, has adjusted well in confinement, has made great academic or personal achievements or alleges complete rehabilitation. These facts may be persuasive if coupled with new information, but can not stand alone as eligibility for commutation. Additionally, the Board has never commuted a sentence that was imposed pursuant to the Minnesota Sentencing Guidelines or valid departure criteria.

Application Process: Application forms are obtained upon request by contacting:

Secretary of the Minnesota Board of Pardons
ATTN: Randy Hartnett
Minnesota Board of Pardons 
1450 Energy Park Drive, Suite 200 
St. Paul, MN 55108-5219 
Tel: (651) 361-7178
TTY: (651) 643-3589

Completed forms should be submitted to the same address.

The following forms are for sample purposes only (please note that the contact information on these samples is now outdated, use our contact information above if you wish to contact the Board of Pardons). Failure to use forms originating from the Minnesota Board of Pardons may lead to a rejection of the application. 
Application for Pardon Extraordinary
Application for Pardon/Commutation
Form for Exhausted Remedies

You must submit the Application for Commutation which includes information about the offense for which you are seeking commutation, the pursuant trial and sentencing, information about other convictions, and your reasons for seeking commutation. The application must be signed in the presence of a notary.

You must submit to the Board of Pardons proof of application for appeal of conviction, appeal of sentence, and post-conviction relief. The Exhaustion of Remedies Form for submitting the relevant information is included in the application packet.

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 info@cjpf.org

Last Updated: 06/23/14