Getting a Pardon
In order to obtain a pardon, you need to display pardon suitability. You will be invited to schedule a pardon hearing with the Board of Pardons. It is necessary to prove to the Board that you have changed since the time that you committed your crime(s) during this pardon hearing. The following pieces of evidence may improve your chance of obtaining a pardon by showing that you have changed:
- Proving that you participate in community service or other charitable events.
- Improved your schooling since the time of conviction can also be a key factor in obtaining a pardon.
- Proving you are a responsible person, for instance taking care of a family or paying child support will help your case.
- Helping those in your community by volunteering, acting as a coach, mentor, or tutor.
- Getting and keeping a steady job.
The Board wants to see that you feel genuine remorse and that you are trying to lead a successful life.
Also consider your references carefully. You must submit three references to the Board, one of which can be from a family member. These people must know you well and they must be aware of all of the crimes you have committed. Consider choosing friends or other people whose lives you have affected in a positive way.