What is Clemency?
Clemency is the word
used to describe the act of the Governor when he commutes a
death sentence to a lesser sentence, or grants a pardon.
Clemency can take the form of either commutation, parole, or a
Commutation is the substitution of a lesser penalty for the one
originally imposed. It does not obliterate guilt nor restore
A pardon releases the prisoner from the entire punishment given
for his or her offense, and reinstates his or her civil
liberties. There are many different types of pardons, including:
unconditional pardons; conditional pardons; general pardons; or
A reprieve is the temporary postponement of the execution of a
sentence. It is a stay of execution for a set period of time, in
order to give the prisoner the opportunity to find relief for
his or her sentence.
Clemency may only be
granted by the Governor of the State of Ohio.
The Ohio Revised Code § 2967.07 requires that all applications
for clemency be made in writing to the Adult Parole Authority.
The Ohio Parole Board is the bureau of the Adult Parole
Authority assigned to process clemency applications.
Upon completion of its examination, the Parole Board sends a
report to the governor providing a summary of the facts in the
case, a recommendation for or against the granting of clemency,
and the reasoning behind the recommendation.
Interested applicants should contact:
Ohio Parole Board
770 West Broad Street
Columbus, Ohio 43222
"Then be not too eager to deal out
death in the name of justice, fearing for your own safety.
Even the wise
cannot see all ends."