Applicable Form of Executive Clemency: Commutation of Sentence

Eligibility: Any inmate petitioner serving a sentence of eight years or more may apply to the Board of Pardons only after 4 years of his/her sentence have been served.

Any inmate petitioner serving a sentence of less than eight years may apply to the Board after serving more than half of his/her sentence.

For more information regarding eligibility requirements please click here or visit the Connecticut Board of Pardons and Paroles.

Application Process: Applications for executive clemency for a current offender are available by clicking here

Applications should be sent to:

Pardon Unit
Board of Pardons and Paroles
55 West Main Street, Suite 520
Waterbury, CT 06702

The Board holds two hearings per year for current offenders, in May and
in November:

Deadline for May Docket: March 15th
Deadline for November Docket: September 15th

The applicant must describe the specific reasons why clemency is appropriate. The applicant must describe and submit evidence of specific extraordinary circumstances or specific exemplary conduct supporting the request for clemency. Those seeking a commutation of sentence should specify this is the type of clemency sought in the "Premise for Clemency" section of the application.

A panel of the Board will prescreen the applications administratively and select applications for further proceedings. Those applications selected for further proceedings will be examined more completely, including personal interviews and investigation of claims made. The Board will hold a formal hearing that the offender may attend.

The personal solicitation of, or private discussion of cases with, members of the Board is not permitted.

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CJPF is unable to answer questions regarding this state's clemency program. CJPF cannot provide legal assistance and does not take on individual clients. CJPF cannot provide applicants for clemency any assistance. Do not send clemency materials to CJPF. Please do not write or call asking for assistance.


Last updated 06/23/14