Executive Clemency

Authority

The Governor's authority to grant pardon is derived from the Constitution of Missouri, article IV, section 7. The Governor may grant reprieves, commutations and pardons, after conviction, for all offenses except treason and cases of impeachment. The Governor may impose conditions, restrictions and limitations, as he deems proper.

All applications for pardon, commutation of sentence or reprieve shall be referred to the Board of Probation and Parole for investigation. (217.800 RSMo) The Board is responsible for investigating each case and making a recommendation to the Governor.

Clemency Application

Types of Clemency

Collateral Consequences of Conviction

The following is summary of the collateral consequences of convictions as set forth in the Missouri Revised Statutes. This is not an exhaustive list of restrictions that may be encountered.

Eligibility Criteria

Individuals who are confined to a prison or jail are eligible to petition the Governor for clemency. Individuals who are not confined must meet the following minimum criteria to be eligible to petition the Governor for clemency.

Investigation

When a clemency application is received from a person confined in prison or jail, the Board will determine if existing file material is sufficient to make an informed recommendation to the Governor. If necessary, the Board may order an investigation to include information such as:

Review and Decisions

Upon receipt of the investigative report, the Board of Probation and Parole reviews the information to determine an appropriate recommendation. A letter of recommendation is submitted to the Governor, along with the investigative report and all material submitted by the applicant. The Governor will render the final decision regarding clemency.

All applicants will receive written notification of the final decision.

FAQs

Q: Will a pardon expunge my record?

No. The criminal history record maintained by the Missouri State Highway Patrol will be updated to include pardon information, but it will still be maintained as an open record and will be available to the general public.

Q: How long does the process take?

Generally, the clemency process will take a minimum of 18-24 months to complete.

Q: Where do I send my application?

Your completed application form should be mailed to the Missouri Board of Probation and Parole, 3400 Knipp Drive, Jefferson City, MO 65109. All applications for clemency are investigated by the Board and submitted to the Governor for the final decision.

Q: Are there costs involved in filing for clemency?

There are no fees charged in this process.

Q: Do I need an attorney to represent me?

It is not necessary that legal counsel represent you.