A Pardon (also called expungement) is a way to erase your Connecticut criminal record. Criminal records, especially felony convictions, can have a seriously negative impact on your ability to obtain many jobs and may prevent you from other opportunities including international travel, even to Canada. You may also having difficulty in securing housing such as applying for any type of rental housing where a background check is required. Your criminal history may prevent you from obtaining a place to live. A successful Pardon Application makes it possible for individuals to be pardoned for their Connecticut crimes and offenses. If an Absolute Pardon is granted, criminal conviction records are removed from public view so that they cannot be used to prevent you from obtaining employment, being granted certain state issued licenses, or being allowed to cross international borders with a valid passport. If a Provisional Pardon is granted, criminal conviction records are not removed from public view but a Provisional Pardon is still helpful in removing barriers to obtaining state issued licenses and employment.
The Board of Pardons has exclusive jurisdiction in Connecticut to grant or deny Absolute and Provisional Pardons at its sole discretion. If your Pardon Application is denied, there is no appeal to a court or higher authority; although, you may re-apply for a Pardon at another time in the future once you are eligible. If you are granted an Absolute Pardon, your Connecticut criminal conviction record will be removed from public view so that your past will not continue to interfere with your future. In many states, the Pardon process is called an Expungement, but that term is not used in Connecticut, and the only way to clear up a prior criminal record is with a Pardon.