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An Informational Guide to Pardon, Commutation of Sentence and Parole Hearings

The Victim-Survivor Guidebook was created by the Louisiana Board of Pardons and Parole, and is intended for victims and survivors of crime. This guidebook is meant to help you navigate the pardon, commutation of sentence, and parole processes.


As you well know, crime can have a profound effect on your life, and its impact can be felt for years, or even a lifetime. The impact might be physical, emotional, psychological, financial, and/or spiritual.


This is true for many people coping with the aftermath of harm, including victims, survivors, family, friends, community members, offenders, and others associated with both the harmed and responsible individuals.


While the information in this guidebook is geared towards victims and survivors, it may be useful to anyone interested in learning more about pardon, commutation of sentence, and parole proceedings.


Our intention is to provide information in order to demystify the work of the Board of Pardons and Parole, clarify the services offered by the Louisiana Victim Outreach Program (LAVO) and the Crime Victims Services Bureau (CVSB), and inform you of the rights and roles of victims and survivor. Our aim is to extend compassion and help you gain greater peace of mind.

Please download the guidebook for more helpful information on the pardons and parole processes, victims rights and services, and much more.

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