| Share
 

commutation of sentence

commutation of sentence, in criminal law, reduction of a sentence for a criminal act by action of the executive head of the government. Like pardon, 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.

The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright © 2012, Columbia University Press. All rights reserved.

More on commutation of sentence from Infoplease:

  • This Day in History: January 11 - January 11 Yesterday Tomorrow 1935 Amelia Earhart became the first person to fly solo from Hawaii ...
  • Griffenfeld, Peder Schumacher, Count - Griffenfeld, Peder Schumacher, Count Griffenfeld, Peder Schumacher, Count , 1635–99, Danish ...
  • pardon - pardon pardon, in law, exemption from punishment for a criminal conviction granted by the grace of ...
  • George Ryan, - George Ryan, Republican governor of Illinois, commuted the sentences of 167 inmates on death row, ...
  • George Ryan, - George Ryan, former governor of Illinois, was convicted in April of racketeering, conspiracy, mail ...

See more Encyclopedia articles on: Legal Terms and Concepts


Premium Partner Content
HighBeam Research
Documents Images and Maps Reference
(from Newspapers, Magazines, Journals, Newswires, Transcripts and Books)

Research our extensive archive of more than 80 million articles from 6,500 publications.

Additional search results provided by HighBeam Research, LLC. © Copyright 2005. All rights reserved.

24 X 7

Private Tutor

Click Here for Details
24 x 7 Tutor Availability
Unlimited Online Tutoring
1-on-1 Tutoring