Beginning August 1, 2023, through February 29, 2024, the Department of Corrections must provide the Clemency Review Commission with administrative assistance, technical assistance, office space, and other assistance necessary for the commission to carry out its duties.
Beginning July 1, 2024, the Clemency Review Commission must begin reviewing applications for pardons, commutations, and reprieves in accordance with Minnesota Statutes, chapter 638. By July 1, 2024, the commission must develop application forms in consultation with the board.
The commission must meet at least four times each year for one or more days at each meeting to hear eligible clemency applications and recommend appropriate action to the board on each application. One or more of the meetings may be held at a department-operated correctional facility.
All commission meetings are open to the public as provided under chapter 13D, but the commission may hold closed meetings:
- as provided under chapter 13D; or
- as necessary to protect sensitive or confidential information, including (i) a victim's identity, and (ii) sensitive or confidential victim testimony.
When possible, the commission must record its meetings by audio or audiovisual means.