What is Pardon?

A pardon is a powerful act of forgiveness granted by a government authority that wipes the slate clean for a person who has committed a crime, freeing them from the burdens of punishment, legal action, or other penalties.

It is a type of clemency bestowed by either the President or Governor, depending on where you reside.

Normally, a pardon is issued after a person has spent a significant amount of time behind bars or demonstrated that they have been rehabilitated. Usually, pardons are only granted to people who have shown contrition for their misdeeds and proved that they are unlikely to repeat them.

It's important to note that a pardon doesn't erase the fact that a person committed a crime, but it does eliminate any legal consequences of the crime.

For instance, if someone receives a pardon, they can vote, hold public office, and serve on a jury, which is impossible for someone with a criminal record.

It can also make it easier for a person to find a job or a place to live since many employers and landlords are hesitant to hire or rent to someone with a criminal record.