Board of Pardons Law and Legal Definition

It is a part of the executive branch of state government authorized to grant pardons, and restore civil and political rights, to individuals convicted of crimes. The board reviews applications for pardon and determine if individuals have demonstrated that they have acted constructively. The board may grant either absolute pardon or conditional pardon. Unconditional pardon states the terms and conditions on which it was granted. Both absolute pardon and conditional pardon do not erase the criminal record completely. However, the board is empowered to grant pardon extraordinary that sets aside the conviction and effectively erases the person's criminal record. When the statute does not designate governor or Secretary of State, the board consists of individuals with experience or an interest in the criminal justice system. The decisions of the board cannot be appealed in a court of law.