ATLANTA - Requirements to download, print, complete and then mail Georgia’s pardon application are no longer necessary. The Georgia Parole Board’s new electronic filing system is now online. Applicants will now be able to complete an electronic application and E-file.
“This is great news and a very exciting step forward for Pardon and Restoration of Rights considerations in the State of Georgia,” stated Chris Barnett, Executive Director of the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles.
Barnett says implementing the new system is the result of hard work and dedication by the Board’s Clemency Division and will prove to be a great enhancement to all seeking restoration of rights or a pardon due to a criminal conviction.
The new system will result in a more efficient pardon application filing and voting process. The parole board members will review the pardon application electronically including all relevant materials before voting on the application, also through an electronic process.
A pardon issued by the Georgia Parole Board is an order of official forgiveness and does not expunge or erase a person’s criminal record. The granted pardon is attached to the person’s criminal record which can result in improved education, employment, and career opportunities.
The Georgia Parole Board has the authority to grant pardons for state felony convictions. The board members thoroughly review the applications which include investigations and interviews conducted by Clemency Investigators.
To learn more about applying and receiving a pardon in Georgia go to pap.georgia.gov. For more information, contact Steve Hayes at, [email protected] or 404-657-9450.