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A Nevada sentence commutation is when the Pardons Board lessens a defendant’s criminal sentence. A defendant’s eligibility for a modified sentence depends on whether the defendant is presently:
out on parole,
sentenced to death, or
sentenced to life without the possibility of parole
1. Commutation for prisoners
Nevada prisoners may be eligible for commutation unless they are up for parole less than one (1) year after the date of the next Pardons Board meeting. However, even prisoners who are eligible for parole soon may get considered for a commutation if they can demonstrate “extraordinary circumstances.”
2. Commutation for parolees
In general, the Nevada Pardons Board can consider commuting the sentences for Nevada parolees if either:
the parolees already served at least ten (10) years of a life sentence; or
the parolees already served one-half of their non-life sentence
But note that the Board will not consider commuting these parolees’ sentences if:
reasons that the Board should lessen the sentence; and
any other relevant facts
The defendant has to then submit the application to the Board no earlier than 90 days prior to the Board’s next meeting. When the Board elects to consider a commutation application, it must let the district attorney and judge in the case know so the district attorney can provide a written statement about the case.
The general public can also supply input in support of or in opposition to a commutation through fax at 775-687-6736 or the mail at:
Nevada Pardons Board
ATTN: Office of the Executive Secretary
1667 Old Hot Springs Rd Suite A,
Carson City, NV 89706.
A commutation is granted whenever the governor and at least four (4) Board members agree to it.
Note that commutations are completely separate from pardons. A commutation lessens defendants’ remaining criminal sentences. In contrast, a pardon “forgives” defendants of their past crime(s) after they already finished serving the criminal sentence.
In some cases, pardons can even restore a person’s firearm rights. Commutation never restores gun rights. Learn more about applying for a pardon in Nevada.
About the Author
A former Los Angeles prosecutor, attorney Neil Shouse graduated with honors from UC Berkeley and Harvard Law School (and completed additional graduate studies at MIT). He has been featured on CNN, Good Morning America, Dr Phil, The Today Show and Court TV. Mr Shouse has been recognized by the National Trial Lawyers as one of the Top 100 Criminal and Top 100 Civil Attorneys.