50-State Comparison
 Pardoning Practices

Frequent and Regular (grants significant % of applications) (14)

Alabama
Arkansas
California*
Connecticut
Delaware
Georgia
Idaho
Minnesota
Nebraska
Nevada
Oklahoma
Pennsylvania
South Carolina
South Dakota 

Sparing (process regular, grants small % of applications) (7)

Florida
Illinois
Ohio
Texas 

Virginia
Washington
Wyoming

Infrequent/Uneven (pardoning depends on incumbent governor) (12)

Hawaii
Indiana
Iowa

Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine
Maryland
Missouri
New Mexico
New York
Tennessee
Washington
Wisconsin

Pardons Rare (few/no pardons in past 20 years)(19) 

Alaska
Arizona
Colorado
District of Columbia 
Federal system 
Kansas
Massachusetts
Michigan 
Mississippi
Montana
New Hampshire
New Jersey
North Carolina
North Dakota
Oregon
Rhode Island
Utah
Vermont
West Virginia


*California makes the “Frequent and Regular” list because of the atypical number of pardons granted by the incumbent governor Jerry Brown and the regularity of the pardon process, even though only a small percentage of those who apply are granted.