The State of Idaho offers a pardon via the board of Pardons and Paroles. The board has full and final authority on all pardons with exceptions of a few types of cases which warrant a recommendation from the board to the governor who makes the final decision on those cases.

In order to apply for a pardon, the applicant must wait three (3) years after the completion of the sentence for non-violent and non-sex related crimes, and five (5) years after the completion of the sentence for violent, sex crimes, or other crimes against another person.

The application must contain a reason of why the pardon is being requested. When a hearing is granted by the board, a notice must be published of the hearing four (4) weeks prior to the hearing date in a well circulating newspaper. Any decisions and supporting documents from this hearing will be filed with the secretary of state.

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