Recently (post-2020) more people in CT have been having success at obtaining pardons than before. If you haven’t applied for a pardon before, this is a great time to start. If you have tried in the past and been denied, we encourage you to go through the process again. Not everyone who applies will receive a pardon. Please note that those who are denied can reapply one year later, and we encourage people to do so.
The pardon process can be completed without hiring a lawyer. OSJ has limited spaces available in a program to provide applicants with emotional support and coaching. However, YOU are in the driver’s seat. Your active participation in the process is critical to the success of obtaining a pardon.
- Obtain Arrest Warrant from Your Conviction
- Character Letters
- Personal Written Statement
- Fingerprinting & Criminal Background Check
- Upload Complete Application Packet
- Application Reviewed by Board of Pardons (If Board agrees to hear pardon case, a hearing before board will be scheduled in 6-8 months)
- Hearing & Personal Oral Statement
If a pardon is granted, the State has 90-120 days to expunge all criminal records and remove you from the Registry.