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Frequently Asked Questions

1. What types of crimes qualify for Executive Clemency?

Any convictions in the State of Illinois

2. Is there a waiting period after the conviction?

There is no waiting period after conviction.

3. How long does the process take?

Once you have completed the petition and it is approved, you are put on the next available docket.

4. What happens after the clemency hearing?

The members of the Prisoner Review Board make confidential recommendations, mandated by law, to the Governor with the petition attached.

5. Is there anything the petitioner can do to speed up the process?


6. What is the difference between Public and Non-Public Hearings?

  • Public Hearings: The Petitioner appears before the board members along with any person on his/her behalf, and states to the board why they are seeking a clemency. The board members make recommendations to the Governor.
  • Non-Public Hearings: The board members take the petition and read the petition at face value and make recommendations to the Governor.

7. Do I have to appear?

No, it is not required that you appear, but the Board prefers that petitioners appear in person.

8. How will I be notified?

The petitioner will be notified by mail by the Prisoner Review Board. Please notify Prisoner Review Board of any change of address.

9. What are the dates for hearings?

Clemency hearings are held quarterly. Petitions must be in the office and completed 75 days before the first date of the hearing for that month.

10. Is there a cost for a person to file a petition?

There is no filing fees charged to the petitioner.