Applicable Form of Executive Clemency: Commutation of Sentence
Eligibility: Any inmate may file an application for a commutation of sentence, or have someone file an application on their behalf. The Kansas Department of Corrections will pay the costs of publication for clemency applications made by inmates lacking the financial resources to pay for them in accordance with KSA 22-3701. However, the State will not pay for more than one publication notice for any inmate during any 12-month period.
Application Process: An inmate filing an application himself must first fill out Form 9 (the standard Kansas state prison inmate request form for an application) to obtain permission to contact the Kansas Department of Corrections and obtain an application. Applications for clemency are also available online for those applying on behalf of someone currently incarcerated. The application is available for download by clicking here.
More information regarding the application procedure for clemency is available on the Prisoner Review Board's clemency webpage.
Form 9 is available to inmates by contacting the clemency clerk at the inmate's facility.
The application package may be prepared by the inmate or, at the request of the inmate, by the inmate's Unit Team. Two copies of the completed Application for Clemency, and related forms, must submitted to the Prisoner Review Board.
Prisoner Review Board
Landon State Office Building
900 SW Jackson, Suite 425-S
Topeka, Kansas 66612
Partial clemency application packages or related forms and materials should not be forwarded separately. All necessary forms and materials should be forwarded as a single, complete package.
The applicant issues a Notice of Clemency Application to the judge(s) of the district court and the county/district attorney(s) for the county(ies) in which the inmate was sentenced. Click the blue link to download.
Two copies of the Request for Publication form must be distributed to the official county newspaper in the county of conviction. The inmate will be responsible for the cost of publication unless he or she has completed a poverty affidavit that, upon acceptance, waives these costs. Click the link to download the request.
The Prisoner Review Board will examine all pertinent records, reports and other available information. Should a personal interview with the applicant be required, the Board will notify the applicant. Upon full review, the Board will submit a report along with all information received to the Governor. The applicant will be notified when the Governor renders a decision.
Note: There is a time table that is to be followed each month for making clemency applications. If you make a request to file for clemency, it is then your responsibility to return the requested information by the date given to you. Failure to do so delays your request for a clemency hearing and the ability of the office to complete the paperwork on time.
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Last Updated: 06/23/14