Petitions for a Pardon

The state of Minnesota has an official pardon board that can hear petitions from inmates and people who have already served their time to receive a pardon. Pardon means official forgiveness from the state, and it can completely change a person’s civil status and rights for the better. They have ten minutes to make their case to a three-person board, and two must be in favor of a pardon for it to happen. The board is overwhelmed with petitions. As one person awaiting their hearing said, “Do I have to carry this burden for the rest of my life? I want to be forgiven. I just want to be forgiven” (Dan Barry, New York Times, updated October 17, 2023, Jesus brings forgiveness to all, and in this story, he speaks it to one yearning for forgiveness.