What is a commutation of sentence?

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Prison Consultant Ed Bales explains what a commutation of sentence is, when your sentence is shortened and signed off by the prison warden, the President at the federal level, or the Governor at the state level.

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    Ed Bales: A Commutation of Sentence is usually the shortening of your sentence. It can be done a couple of different ways. You can apply if you are an inmate to the warden of the facility. They are very very hard to get, almost no chance of getting a warden to cut your sentence. The other way is filing it through the Governor's Office or through the President's Office, US Pardon Attorney. Those are the options that you have as an inmate to file grievances and that is one petition that you can file.