Each state has its own pardon processes. In some states, applying for a pardon is easier than others. If you are interested in learning about which states grant the most pardons and the least pardons, continue reading.

Least Difficult States to be Granted a Pardon In

These states grant 30% of applicants or more pardons and have regular processes for granting pardons.

  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Georgia
  • Idaho
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • Oklahoma
  • Pennsylvania
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota

Moderately Difficult States to be Granted a Pardon In

These states have a regular process for granting pardons but do not grant them as often.

  • Indiana
  • Florida
  • Maryland
  • Minnesota
  • Ohio
  • Virginia
  • Texas
  • Washington

Most Difficult States To Be Granted a Pardon In

These states do not grant pardons frequently.

  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • Colorado
  • Kansas
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Oregon
  • Rhode Island
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

Inconsistent Frequency

These states that do not have a consistent level of difficulty for receiving a pardon pardons.

  • Illinois
  • Hawaii
  • Iowa
  • Kentucky
  • New York
  • Tennessee


Compared to other states, Connecticut has a high grant rate; In 2018, the overall grant rate for pardons was 77%. So, if you are interested in applying for a pardon in Connecticut, you have a good chance of having the application granted, compared to in other states.

This information is from the Restoration of Rights Project. For more information, go to their website: http://restoration.ccresourcecenter.org/.

Getting Help

If you are trying to apply for a pardon in Connecticut and want to hire an attorney, contact us for a free consultation. You can call us at (203) 567-6480 or email us at help@mrpardons.com.