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What sort of positive things do the pardon review board look for when granting a pardon?

New Haven, CT |

My husband will be eligible for a pardon April of 2015 and we were wondering what he could do make himself look better in front of the review board.

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Proof of employment, community service, solid character reference letters, a sincere letter from your husband offering insight into past bad behavior .... These are a few items I think the board will want to see. Under no circumstances should he attempt to blame anyone else for the circumstances leading to a prior conviction-- if he can afford to hire an attorney to help present his case he should certainly do so. Good luck.

The response I have provided is general in nature, and does not create an attorney-client relationship. My practice is based in Rhode Island, and the law and practice in other states or jurisdictions may be different.

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The manner of life he has led since his conviction; employment history, community service, acceptance of responsibility along with a statement of contrition. It is not an easy process, and depending upon the nature of the charges an applicant, while eligible to apply, may not be granted a pardon the first time. You should contact an attorney who handles these matters to assist in the application process.

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