Familiarize yourself with the process
The Clemency Process in WA takes shape in 5 steps:
- Submitting a petition to the Clemency Board.
- Having your case chosen to be heard by the Clemency Board.
- Presenting your case to the Clemency Board.
- The board votes on whether or not to send a recommendation for Clemency to the governor.
- Action by the governor to grant or deny Clemency.
What is the Clemency Board?
- The Board consists of five members appointed by the Governor, subject to confirmation by the Senate (RCW 9.94A.880(1).
- Jennifer Rancourt Chair
- James A. McDevitt Vice-Chair
- Chief Raul Almeida Member
- Evelyn P. Yenson Member
- Vacant Member
Learn more about the current board here.
- Members of the Board serve terms of four years or until their successors are appointed (RCW 9.94A.880(2)).
- In order to maintain the highest level of ethical standards and to protect the fairness of the proceeding, a board member will not discuss a petition pending before the Board, or a matter anticipated to be presented to the Board, with anyone outside of the quarterly hearings. Please do not contact a member of the Board about a petition.
Learn more about the petition documents itself:
It can be found on the governor's website here
Watch a Hearing:
TVW.org allows you to view previous hearings. Go to the menu put in the search word "clemency." We highly recommend watching at least one hearing before submitting a petition.
The Governor's Website:
The governor has page dedicated to clemency. You can also download forms, find Q&As, find the schedule for future hearings and the results of previous ones. Visit it HERE.