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Clemency Applications

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 reprieve.

Commutation is the substitution of a lesser penalty for the one originally imposed. It does not obliterate guilt nor restore civil rights.

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 partial pardon

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.

Ohio's Clemency Procedure

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
(614) 752-1200

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"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."

J.R.R. Tolkien

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