Each state has its own pardon processes. In some states, applying for a pardon is easier than others. There might be different eligibility options for pardons in different states. Some states also require a meeting with the Board of Pardons or a similar entity. Some states ask that you interact with the Board of Pardons virtually, while others require in-person hearings. Finally, some states, like Connecticut, offer expedited pardons or automatic pardons for some crimes, while others do not. If you are interested in learning about which states grant the most pardons and the least pardons, continue reading. This information is based on which states have the highest grant rate for pardons, which grant pardons infrequently, and which states consistently deny pardons.
Least Difficult States to Be Granted a Pardon In
These states grant 30% of applicants or more pardons and have regular processes for granting pardons.
- South Carolina
- South Dakota
As you can see, Connecticut is in the category of least difficult states to get a pardon in! This is great news for you if you are seeking a Connecticut pardon. If you have a criminal conviction in any of the other states listed here, you also will have a pretty good chance of having a pardon granted.
Moderately Difficult States to Be Granted a Pardon In
These states have a regular process for granting pardons but do not grant them as often.
Most Difficult States To Be Granted a Pardon In
These states do not grant pardons frequently.
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- New Mexico
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- Rhode Island
- West Virginia
These states that do not have a consistent level of difficulty for receiving a pardon pardons.
- New York
Compared to other states, Connecticut has a high grant rate; In 2018, the overall grant rate for pardons was 77%, and this number rose from previous years. So, if you are interested in applying for a pardon in Connecticut, you have a good chance of having the application granted, compared to in other states.
This information is from the Restoration of Rights Project. For more information, go to their website.
If you are trying to apply for a pardon in Connecticut and want to hire an attorney, contact us for a free consultation. You can call us or email us for help. We are happy to assist you with the pardon application, answer any questions that you have, and prepare you for the pardon hearing. With the help of a lawyer, you can put yourself in the best position to be granted a pardon. While there are no guarantees, having a pardons lawyer on your side such as our team at Ruane Attorneys. In addition, if you want to get a pardon in another state, you should still consider contacting our office. We can put you in touch with a lawyer in another state.