Applicable Form of Executive Clemency: Commutation of Sentence

Eligibility: All inmates are eligible to apply.

Application Process: Inmates requesting a commutation of sentence initiate the process by submitting an application to:

Governor's Office 
State of Hawaii 
Hawaii State Capitol 
Honolulu, HI 96813

The commutation application is available from the Hawaii Paroling Authority webpage

The Governor's office may reject the application outright, or forward it to the Attorney General's Office for an investigation. The Attorney General will make a recommendation at the conclusion of the investigation. The Governor will make his or her decision after reviewing the investigation's findings and the Attorney General's recommendation.

Any questions should be directed to:

Hawaii Paroling Authority 
1177 Alakea Street, Ground Floor 
Honolulu, HI 96813 
Tel: (808) 587-1293
Fax: (808) 587-1314

All inmates who are serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole will be sent a questionaire after serving 20 years of their sentence. After this questionaire is completed an investigation will be conducted by the Hawaii Paroling Authority to examine if a commutation of sentence should be granted. This is forwarded and reviewed by the Department of Public Safety, which issues a recommendation. It is then forwarded and reviewed by the Attorney General's Office that also issues a recommendation. The investigation and recommendations are reviewed by the Governor who then makes the final decision to grant or deny a commutation of sentence.

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