OLR Bill Analysis

sSB 170

AN ACT CONCERNING PARDONS.

SUMMARY:

This bill specifies that the Board of Pardons and Paroles can grant a pardon to someone convicted of a violation that carries a prison term in the same manner as the board can for someone convicted of an offense.

The bill also allows the board to accept pardon applications (1) three years after a person's conviction of a misdemeanor or violation and (2) five years after a person's felony conviction. The bill allows the board to accept an application before these dates for extraordinary circumstances. Under current policy, the board does not accept applications until five years after a person completes the sentence for the crime.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2007

COMMITTEE ACTION

Judiciary Committee

Joint Favorable Substitute

Yea

42

Nay

0

(04/09/2007)