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New York State Department of State Respites and Commutations

Held by the New York State Archives


Overview of the Records

Repository:

New York State Archives

New York State Education Department

Cultural Education Center

Albany, NY 12230

Summary:
This series consists of respites and commutations. The governor has the authority to grant pardons and respites. The respites concern stays of execution for individuals sentenced to death; commutations are reductions of sentences. Respites and commutations normally include the name of the convicted felon, crime, date, court, original sentence, commutation and place of incarceration.
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Quantity:
1 cubic foot
Inclusive Dates:
1854-1931
Series Number:
B0048

Arrangement

Chronological by date of respite of commutation.

Scope and Content Note

This series consists of five bound volumes of printed copies (with blanks filled in by hand) of respites and commutations, and one folder of original requests for respites by the governor to the secretary of state, under the provision of the state's constitution. The governor was granted the authority to grant pardons and respites. The respites concern stays of execution for individuals sentenced to death. Capital commutations are reductions of sentences from death to life imprisonment, while commutations are reductions of sentences. The respites and commutations normally include the name of the convicted felon, crime, date, court, original sentence, commutation and place of incarceration.

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Related Information

Related Materials

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Series B0046 Executive restorations of citizenship rights and

Series B0049 Executive orders for commutations, pardons, restorations, and respites, contain records related to executive clemency.

Other finding aids

Indexes are available for all volumes except volume one.

Volume list is available at the repository.

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