On July 22, 2015, I traveled to Stamford to attend hearings before the Connecticut Board of Pardons and Paroles. We had filed Pardon Applications for two clients:
One client was a truck driver with two convictions on his record: one for criminal mischief and interfering with the police in 2002 and the other for possession of alcohol and a small amount of marijuana in 2003. Since that time, he was subject to random drug testing through his employment without incident and he has maintained a clean driving record. He had no particular community or church involvement. However, as a homeowner, he was well respected by his neighbors, one of whom wrote a sincere recommendation to the Board. His wife attended the hearing with him
The other applicant had been caught drinking underage while in college. He had gone on to obtain a master’s degree in public administration and had worked for a local town for five years. He also had no community or church involvement, but received several glowing recommendations from colleagues.
We made a brief presentation on behalf of each client. Most of the real work was in preparing the applications and obtaining the appropriate recommendations. At the conclusion of the hearings, both clients were granted pardons. Wonderful result!
The only downside was the time taken to obtain the hearing in the first place. The first application was filed in November, 2013 and the second in February, 2014. There were no continuance requests or other postponements; the hearings on both were set for July, 2015.