The mission of the Arizona Board of Executive Clemency is to protect public safety and contribute to a fair and effective justice system by ensuring that persons who remain a threat to society remain incarcerated and those who no longer present a risk are released to become productive citizens.
Change and adaptation best characterize the history of the Arizona Board of Executive Clemency. The State of Arizona first afforded inmates the opportunity for parole in 1901. The Board of Control functioned as the state's discretionary releasing mechanism and consisted of the Governor, Territorial Auditor, and one citizen appointed by the Governor. The Board of Control retained its releasing authority until the first criminal code became effective in October of 1913.
The Arizona Board of Executive Clemency is comprised of five members who are appointed by the Governor. Each member of the Board is appointed on the basis of broad professional and educational qualifications with an interest in the state’s correctional program. No more than two members from the same professional discipline may be members of the Board at the same time. Board members serve terms of five (5) years which expire on the third Monday in January of the appropriate year.
The Governor selects a member of the Board to serve as the Board’s Chairman.
The Board of Executive Clemency's Victim Notification program provides registered victims, their supporters and advocates information on inmates and parolees throughout the hearing process. In Arizona, victims are entitled to be notified prior to release consideration hearings (parole, absolute discharge and commutation of sentence).
Hearings begin at 8:30 a.m. and conclude no later than 5:00 p.m., Monday thru Thursday. When a hearing is held at an alternate location, the location will be noted in the calendar listing below. All hearings held by the Board are deemed Public Meetings in accordance with applicable law.
Pursuant to A.R.S. §38-431.02, notice is hereby given to the Members of the Arizona Board of Executive Clemency and to the general public that the Board of Executive Clemency is meeting for the purpose of conducting a hearing.
This hearing is open to the public. Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation, such as a sign language interpreter, by contacting the Board’s office at (602) 542-5656. Requests should be made as early as possible to allow time to arrange the accommodation. The Board may vote to go into Executive Session, which will not be open to the public, to discuss any matter on this agenda pursuant to A.R.S. § 38-431.03 (A) (3) (Discussion or consultation with Board attorney for legal advice). The Board may go into Executive Session pursuant to A.R.S. § 38-431.03 (A) (2) for discussion or consideration of records exempt by law from public inspection, including the receipt and discussion of information or testimony that is specifically required to be maintained as confidential by state or federal law.
Qualified individuals with a disability that require a copy of the Board's procedure on filing grievances, please contact the Board's Office.
When a business meeting is held at an alternate location, the location will be noted in the calendar listing below. All business meetings held by the Board are deemed Public Meetings in accordance with applicable law.