Getting a governor’s pardon is not as hard as you think
Getting a governor’s pardon is not as hard as you think

Getting a governor’s pardon is not as hard as you think

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Many people I talk to that want to know how to get their criminal conviction erased seem to think that a governor’s pardon is extremely difficult to obtain. In reality, it is not nearly as hard as they think.

The process is simple. Requests for a pardon are sent not to the governor himself, but to the Arkansas Parole Board. The Parole Board does most of the screening, and then it makes recommendations to the governor on whether it should be granted or denied. I believe the governor usually goes along with most of the recommendations. Here is a link to a page showing monthly recommendations: www.paroleboard.arkansas.gov/clemency-recommendations.As you can see, not all applications are granted, especially those involving violent crimes. Theft and drug crimes, especially misdemeanors, are more likely to get pardons. But you can also see, the board recommends a pardon for what seems to be around a dozen applicants a month, with fewer rejections.

 

 

 

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