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CLEMENCY

The Alabama Constitution grants the Governor the authority to grant reprieves to persons sentenced to death and to commute a death sentence to a sentence of life imprisonment.

The Governor does not have the power to grant a pardon or parole, or any other form of clemency, to a condemned person.

If the Governor were to commute a death sentence to life imprisonment, that person would not be eligible for parole until at least fifteen years of the life sentence had been served.

A person whose death sentence had been commuted to life imprisonment would not be eligible for a pardon unless the Board of Pardons and Paroles was satisfied that evidence showed the person was innocent of the crime, the board voted unanimously to grant a pardon, and the governor concurred in and approved the granting of the pardon.  
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