Clemency, Parole and Pardons

General Information about Clemency, Parole and Pardons: 

Pardon’s are considered for exceptional situations. Usually Virginia governors are reluctant to substitute their judgement for that of the courts. However, if an individual feels he can provide substantial evidence of such exceptional circumstances, he may submit a petition for pardon to the Governor. If this petition for clemency is denied, the petitioner has no right of appeal, but may reapply after a two-year waiting period. 


Inmates who committed felony offenses on or after January 1, 1995 are not eligible for discretionary or mandatory parole in the state of Virginia.