A conditional pardon is an act by the Governor to modify or end a sentence imposed by the court. The Governor only grants a conditional pardon when there is substantial evidence of extraordinary circumstances to warrant it; such a pardon is not regarded as a substitute judgment for that of the convicting court.
Another form of conditional clemency is a Medical Pardon. The inmate must meet the criteria of being terminally ill, with a life expectancy of three months or less to be considered for medical clemency. Because of this shortened time frame, medical pardons are handled via an expedited process.
At this time, there is no formal application. Please send the following information to us through the PO Box mailing address listed below.
To petition for a conditional pardon, please send a letter stating the following required information:
- full name and any aliases;
- inmate number;
- location of incarceration and mailing address;
- social security number;
- date of birth;
- dates, courts, sentences or other dispositions of all misdemeanor and felony convictions;
- a complete statement of details for each conviction;
- date of parole eligibility (if applicable);
- date of mandatory release;
- an explanation of why the Governor should grant a pardon.
This letter serves as your official petition; there is no official form you need to fill out.
Please provide all the relevant information you wish to have considered. Documents (or copies of documents) submitted to our office for pardon petition consideration cannot be copied or returned. For this reason, please be sure to retain copies of all documents sent to our office. If you are a family member, you may file on behalf of a petitioner only with written consent from the petitioner.
The petition process does not include a hearing, meeting or conference with the petitioner or persons on the petitioner’s behalf.
There is no reliable method of predicting how long a pardon petition investigation will take to complete. The investigation process may take a year or longer.
If a petition is denied, the petitioner cannot appeal the decision but the petitioner may file a new petition two years after the date of the denial letter.
Office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth
Post Office Box 2454
Richmond, Virginia 23218-2454
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