Utah Board of Pardons & Parole


A majority of the authority and responsibilities associated with the Board of Pardons and Parole can be found in the Utah Code Annotated, Title 77, Chapter 27 “Pardons and Parole.”  This link will take you to this specific area of Utah’s Code.

Utah Constitution

The function of the Board of Pardons and Parole is also outlined in Article VII, Section 12 of Utah’s Constitution.

Article VII, Section 12 – Board of Pardons and Parole – Appointment – Powers and procedures – Governor’s powers and duties – Legislature’s powers

(1) There is created a Board of Pardons and Parole.  The Governor shall appoint the members of the board with the consent of the Senate.  The terms of office shall be as provided by statute.

(2)(a) The Board of Pardons and Parole, by majority vote and upon other conditions as provided by statute, may grant parole, remit fines, forfeitures, and restitution orders, commute punishments, and grant pardons after convictions, in all cases except treason and impeachments, subject to regulations as provided in statute.

(b) A fine, forfeiture, or restitution order may not be remitted and a commutation, parole, or pardon may not be granted except after a full hearing before the board, in open session, and after previous notice of the time and place of the hearing has been given.

(c) The proceedings and decisions of the board, the reasons therefor in each case, and the dissent of any member who may disagree shall be recorded and filed as provided by statute with all papers used upon the hearing.

(3)(a) The Governor may grant respites or reprieves in all cases of convictions for offenses against the state except treason or conviction on impeachment.  These respites or reprieves may not extend beyond the next session of the board.  At that session, the board shall continue to determine the respite or reprieve, commute the punishment, or pardon the offense as provided in this section.

(b) In case of conviction for treason, the Governor may suspend execution of the sentence until the case is reported to the Legislature at its next annual general session, when the Legislature shall pardon or commute the sentence, or direct its execution.  If the Legislature takes no action on the case before adjournment of that session, the sentence shall be executed.

Board Authority

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