History of the Utah Board of Pardons and Parole
The Utah Board of Pardons was created in 1896 by Utah's newly adopted constitution and was comprised of the Governor, the Justices of the Utah Supreme Court, and the State Attorney General. The following outlines changes that have occurred in the organization of the Utah Board of Pardons and Parole:
1953 Board consisted of three part-time members.
1977 Board consisted of three part-time members and three pro tempore members.
1983 Board consisted of three full-time members and three pro tempore members.
1985 The Governor and not the Board of Corrections appoints the Board.
1986 Jurisdiction expanded from felony cases to restitution and class A misdemeanors.
1988 Board required to notify victims of an offender's parole hearing.
1990 Board consists of five full-time members and three pro tempore members with staggered five year
terms. Chairperson appointed by Governor for indefinite term.
1992 Commutation power of the Board of Pardons restricted. Death sentence may only be commuted
to "life witout parole".
1993 The Utah constitutional provision relating to the Board of Pardons was rewritten to include
changing the name to the Board of Pardons and Parole.