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Pardon Definition

A pardon is the use of executive power by the President of the United States or a state governor that exempts the individual from punishment and clears a conviction from their record. A person who has been pardoned cannot be punished again for the forgiven offense and should not be penalized for having a record of it. The application to ask for a state pardon is called an “application for clemency.”  These applications must be in writing and sent to the Michigan Department of Corrections. Because few requests for a pardon are granted, a person seeking relief is advised to seek expert legal representation.


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