In order to move forward, we need to look at trends in recent years. If interested in applying for a pardon in the State of Connecticut, you should look to the past. It will be helpful for you to see what has happened with pardons in the past few years. If you go over this information with a pardon lawyer, you can begin building a solid application for a pardon. On this website, you can find the annual reports for Connecticut pardons from the past few years. Let’s begin with the annual report from 2011-2012. You can find more information here.
Improvements And Achievements
The annual report for pardons in 2011-2012 has a section dedicated to improvements and achievements reached in that year. The report mentions that a new pardons application started in that year. The hope is that this application is more streamlined and easier to use. In addition, during this year, a new provisional pardon certificate got introduced in the State of Connecticut. This is a provisional pardon certificate for employability. This particular certificate won’t list the recipient’s convictions. Despite the new certificate, which should help recipients apply for jobs without worrying about employer bias towards convictions, recipients still have to tell employers about convictions if they ask.
Board Of Pardons
The pardons unit also improved their response time when getting back to applicants. The response time was reduced by two months. This is a considerable amount of time. The Board of Pardons strives to continue reducing the wait time for applicants in the future. The quicker response time is in part a result of the pardons application tracking system. The pardons unit can store and process information about applicants in an organized and easily accessible way through this system.
At the time, the pardons panel members were:
- Joseph Elder (Hartford).
- Kevin Long (Glastonbury).
- Joseph Milardo (Middletown).
- Russell Palmer (Berlin).
- Nicholas Sabbetta (Burlington).
- Robert Smith (Southington).
- Victoria Wills.
As you can see, 2011-2012 was a big year for the Board of Pardons. This year laid the groundwork for a lot of the improvements in the pardons unit. In years to come, the Connecticut pardon instituted the expedited pardon, which is an even more streamlined pardon process. In addition, the grant rate has improved throughout the years. So, your chances of obtaining a pardon now are great than they were in the future. Certainly, you can benefit from the changes and the improvements made to the pardon process in Connecticut.
Your Fresh Start
If you want to apply for a pardon in Connecticut, contact our office to learn how to get started. We can assist you through this process by helping you gather the paperwork that you need, establishing a strong application, and preparing you for the pardon hearing if you will have to attend one. Keep in mind that the pardon hearings are held through video conferences now. We have handled these video conferences before and can advise you on how to present yourself at the hearing in the best way. Contact us for more information!