North Dakota

Applicable form of Executive Clemency: Commutation of Sentence

Eligibility: Inmates who are eligible for parole are not eligible to apply for a commutation of sentence. Completing and returning an application does not create eligibility for Pardon Advisory Board consideration. If relief is denied, the applicant may not reapply for one year, or a longer period, if determined by the Pardon Advisory Board.

Application Process: An application is available here. Applications may also be obtained by contacting:

Pardon Advisory Board 
Box 5521 
Bismarck, ND 58506
Tel: (701) 328-6192
Fax: (701) 328-6186

The Pardon Advisory Board meets the first Tuesday in April and November. Applications should be requested at least 90 days prior to the Pardon Advisory Board meeting. Applications must be returned to the Board ten weeks prior to the Board's meeting.

Click here for the North Dakota Pardon Advisory Board website.

The sentencing judge and the state's attorney will be notified of the commutation of sentence request. The Institutional Offender Services Program staff conducts an investigation and produces a sentencing report. This information, along with the application and the responses of the judge, the state attorney, and any victims, is forwarded to Board members for review six weeks prior to the meeting.

Applicants are immediately notified of the Board's recommendation to the Governor. The Governor's office follows up by sending a letter notifying the applicant of the Governor's decision. If the Governor has granted an application for commutation of sentence, the Governor may reconsider the decision any time before the applicant is released from the facility. The Governor may reconsider a decision on an application if the reconsideration is made within 30 days of the initial decision. A decision made on reconsideration may not be reviewed by any court.

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Last Updated: 06/23/14