Executive Clemency and Expungement

The Board reviews, processes and submits confidential recommendations to the Governor on all executive clemency petitions that comply with the followings steps:

The Board's clemency guidelines are forwarded to every person who submits a request, either by telephone, mail or e-mail, or by accessing the Board's website at www.Illinois.gov/prb under the Executive Clemency link.

Once the Board's staff receives a petition, it is reviewed to ensure compliance with all of the filing guidelines. The petitioner is informed if the petition is complete and a docket number and letter will follow. Petitioners will be notified in writing if additional information is required for completion of the petition.

Incomplete petitions must be completed within 90 days or they are discarded. A late, but completed, petition is placed on the next available hearing docket. The petitioner is also afforded the opportunity to have a public or a non-public hearing. The Board's recommendations are typically forwarded to the governor within 60 days following the hearing. The Governor is not under any deadline to respond to the petition. When a decision is made, the Board will notify the petitioner of the Governor's determination.

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Executive Clemency Guidelines

NOTICE: By Order of the Chairman, and in response to the unprecedented challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, the requirement that a statement be signed and sworn to before a notary public by the petitioner as provided in Guideline A(9) of the Guidelines for Executive Clemency is hereby suspended until further Order of the Chairman. In addition, attorneys filing on behalf of petitioners will be permitted to sign the attestation, in lieu of requiring a signature from the petitioner. Accordingly, Guideline A(9) should be understood to read as follows for the duration of this Order: "9) The petition must include the following: "I declare under penalty of perjury that all of the assertions made in this petition are complete, truthful and accurate. This statement must be signed by the petitioner or an attorney filing on behalf of the petitioner."

Nothing in this Order shall be construed so as to permit or otherwise promote the furnishing of incomplete, untruthful, or inaccurate information in a petition. No other requirements set forth in the Guidelines, including the requirements regarding filing and proof of service of the petition in Section B, are to be affected by this Order.

**Rolling Clemency Docket Memo for Incarcerated Persons (May 1, 2020)**

** Rolling Clemency Docket Memo for Incarcerated Persons ** (Revised 7/9/2020)

 

Guidelines for Executive Clemency

Sample Petition for Executive Clemency

(this sample petition can be filled out electronically, however it will still have to be printed out to submit to the Illinois Prisoner Review Board, the sentencing judge, and the County's state's attorney - for Cook County, a copy of the petition may be mailed to the following address:  Cook County State's Attorney's Office, Attn:  Clemency Unit 11C50, 2650 S. California, Chicago, IL  60608 or you may email your petition to the State's Attorney's office at: clemencyandparole-StatesAttorney@cookcounty.onmicrosoft.com)

Executive clemency petitions filed with the Board for hearing and recommendation to the Governor have increased in recent years. The average size of the Board's quarterly clemency public docket hearing was 35 cases in 1990. In 1993 , the average number of cases considered quarterly was 90. The average number in 2003 was approximately 400 cases per quarter. In 1994, the Board initiated more restrictive petitioning requirements mandating unsuccessful petitioners to wait for one year before filing a repeat petition, absent compelling new information.

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Other Clemency Resources:

http://state.il.us/defender/exp.html

2020/2021 Clemency Hearing Dates and Deadlines*:                       

  • July 7, 2020 to July 9, 2020
    • Hearings held in Chicago, Il
    • Deadline for petition:  April 23, 2020 by 5:00 p.m.

*** THE JULY 2020 PUBLIC HEARINGS HAVE BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19 CONCERNS.  

THE PRISONER REVIEW BOARD IS WORKING TO SECURE FUTURE DATES AND WILL NOTIFY ALL PETITIONER/REPRESENTATIVES OF THE NEW DATE AS SOON AS THE DATES ARE KNOWN.

  • October 6, 2020 to October 8, 2020
    • Hearings held in Chicago, Il
    • Deadline for petition:  July 21, 2020 by 5:00 p.m.

 *** THE OCTOBER 2020 PUBLIC HEARINGS HAVE BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19 CONCERNS.  

THE PRISONER REVIEW BOARD IS WORKING TO SECURE FUTURE DATES AND WILL NOTIFY ALL PETITIONER/REPRESENTATIVES OF THE NEW DATE AS SOON AS THE DATES ARE KNOWN.

  • January 12, 2021 to January 14, 2021
    • Hearings held in Springfield, Il
    • Deadline for petition:  October 28, 2020 by 5:00 p.m
  • April 13, 2021 to April 15, 2021
    • Hearings held in Chicago, Il
    • Deadline for petition:  January 27, 2021 by 5:00 p.m.
  • July 13, 2021 to July 15, 2021
    • Hearings held in Springfield, Il
    • Deadline for petition:  April 28, 2021 by 5:00 p.m
  • October 5, 2021 to October 7, 2021
    • Hearings held in Chicago, Il
    • Deadline for petition:  July 22, 2021y 5:00 p.m.

 

 

*Dates of hearings are subject to change or be extended.

Email: prb.clemency@illinois.gov