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Procedure To Apply For Commutation Of Sentence

Concerning establishing procedures related to applying for commutation of a criminal sentence, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
2023 Regular Session
Crimes, Corrections, & Enforcement
Bill Summary

The act formalizes and establishes details concerning the process for an incarcerated individual (applicant) to apply for a commutation of sentence. The process includes the creation of a new position of an executive clemency representative. The executive clemency representative is responsible for coordinating all aspects of the applicant's application, including gathering information from the district attorney who prosecuted the applicant's case. The district attorney is responsible for notifying the victim and victim's family of the application. A list of factors is set forth that executive clemency board may consider when evaluating the applicant's application. The governor retains the ultimate decision-making authority whether to commute a sentence.

The act appropriates $28,221 to the office of the governor from the general fund to implement the act.

VETOED by Governor May 16, 2023
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)


Did Not Become Law


Bill Text

The effective date for bills enacted without a safety clause is August 7, 2024, if the General Assembly adjourns sine die on May 8, 2024, unless otherwise specified. Details