A commutation grants mercy for a sentence that is considered excessive or unjust. A person is not absolved from a conviction, but their punishment is substituted with a lesser punishment. For example, a prisoner’s good behavior could lead to the commutation of their sentence from the death penalty to life imprisonment.
To seek a commutation, you must already have been convicted and be actively serving your sentence.
Why Get a Commutation?
Commutations can be granted as a direct release from prison, a paroled release, or a reduction in the number of years remaining in a sentence. A commutation can also remove a person’s obligation to pay a fine imposed at sentencing (the remaining amount of the fine that has not already been paid).
In short, a commutation can help you gain your freedom sooner and remove some debt from your financial obligations.
Commutation vs. Pardon
A commutation only substitutes a lesser punishment for a greater punishment. It does not restore your civil rights or clean your criminal record.
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