Applicable Form of Executive Clemency: Commutation of Sentence

Eligibility: All inmates are eligible to apply.

Application Process: Applications are available by contacting:

Executive Secretary
Nevada Board of Pardons
1677 Old Hot Springs Road, Suite A
Carson City, NV 89706
Tel: (775)687-5049

 Inmates may also obtain applications by requesting them from their attorney or from the institution where they are incarcerated (The DOC sends official application forms to these institutions where they are available for about a month afterward).

After the application is submitted the initial review of the application is conducted by a screening committee comprised of members of the Pardons Board staff and Department of Corrections staff. Approximately five percent of applications are forwarded for review by the Board. The Board meets twice a year to review applications.

The Nevada Board of Pardons is a board of clemency comprised of nine members -- the Governor, the seven justices of the Nevada Supreme Court, and the Nevada Attorney General. A majority vote is required to grant clemency. The Governor cannot be outvoted should he or she vote against granting clemency - he or she must be part of the majority voting in favor of the clemency action. The vote takes place at the conclusion of a public hearing. An inmate retains his or her counsel or is assigned a state public defender if they cannot afford an attorney. A typical hearing in front of the Board lasts 20-30 minutes. Applicants are permitted to have witnesses (i.e. friends, family, supporters) testify in favor of their clemency request.

There is no single exclusive set of factors considered by the Board. Each applicant is considered separately and is approved or denied on the merits of his or her specific situation. Certain factors may take on more or less importance due to the way they interrelate in a specific case.

An inmate is typically informed of the Board's decision within eight weeks of submission of the application, although a decision could take as long as six months.

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Last Updated: 06/23/14