commutation of sentence


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commutation of sentence,

in criminal law, reduction of a sentence for a criminal act by action of the executive head of the government. Like pardonpardon,
in law, exemption from punishment for a criminal conviction granted by the grace of the executive of a government. A general pardon to a class of persons guilty of the same offense (e.g., insurrection) is an amnesty.
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, commutation of sentence is a matter of grace, not of right; it is distinguished from pardon, however, in that the conviction of crime is not nullified. The commutation, hence, may be granted on condition that the criminal observe certain restrictions for the balance of his original sentence. Many states have statutes providing for commutation of sentence as a reward for good conduct during imprisonment. Once earned, the commutation becomes a matter of right and may be enforced by court action.
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Although in practice, due to remission and commutation of sentences, it amounts to incarceration for a period of round-about 14, 15 years or more.
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Each country has its own conditions and circumstances and it is neither sensible nor legal to commute punishment against repeat offenders who had previously benefited from commutation of sentence, he said during his sermon.
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The seventh safeguard, that all individuals sentenced to death have the right to seek a pardon or commutation of sentence, has seen instances of large-scale commutations recently.
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(127) Eligibility for Filing Petition for Commutation of Sentence, 28 C.F.R.