Transcription of Governor Doyle's letter on requirements of clemency follows:
GOVERNOR STATE OF WISCONSIN
August 24, 2009 - ..
Terrance J. Shaw, #138254
Oshkosh Correctional Institution
1730 West Snell Road .
Oshkosh, Wisconsin 54901
Dear Mr. Shaw:
Thank you for contacting Governor Doyle regarding executive clemency. Clemency takes three different forms:
Pardon: A pardon restores your rights to possess a firearm and hold public office. Also, a pardon may make you eligible to apply for certain state-issued licenses. A pardon does not, however, expunge, erase or seal your criminal record.
Reprieve: If you are currently serving a sentence (including jail, prison, parole or probation), a reprieve suspends your sentence for a period of time. If granted a reprieve, you will still be required to serve the remainder of your sentence at a later date.
Commutation: If you are currently serving a sentence (including jail, prison, parole or probation), a commutation modifies or lessens your sentence.
Under rules established by the Governor's Pardon Advisory Board, you must meet the following three requirements to be eligible to apply for a pardon, reprieve or commutation:
1. You must have been convicted of a felony
2. You must not currently be incarcerated (in jail or prison)
3. Five years must have passed since you completed your sentence (including all parole and probation)
You may apply for executive clemency only if the Chair of the Pardon Advisory Board waives the eligibility rule(s). The Chair has the authority to waive the rules upon an applicant's showing of extraordinary need for executive clemency. If you wish to request a waiver, please complete the enclosed colored application and return it to the Governor's Pardon Advisory Board. All correspondence should be sent to: :
The Governor's Pardon Advisory Board
115 East State Capitol
Madison, WI 53707 ,
Assistant to the Governor's Pardon Advisory Board
P.O. Box 7863, MADISON, WISCONSIN 53707-7863 «(608) 266-1212 » FAX: (608) 267-8983 »
IF YOU ARE REQUIRED TO REQUEST A WAIVER, DO NOT SUBMIT THE APPLICATION FOR EXECUTIVE CLEMENCY AT THIS TIME.
TYPE OR PRINT CLEARLY
1. Name (First, Middle, Last): Terrance James Shaw
2. Date of Birth 11 / 22 /1948 Social Security Number
3. Type of executive clemency requested: Pardon __ Commutation X Reprieve __
4. Have you applied for an eligibility rule waiver before? Y/N NO If so, when? NEVER_________
(You may not request a waiver unless 18 months have passed since your last waiver request.)
5. Reason why waiver is required:
X You are currently incarcerated
6. Mailing address : 1730 West Snell Road P.O. Box 3310, Oshkosh, Wi 54903-3310
9. Crimes for which you will request executive clemency if waiver is granted (use extra sheet if needed) :
Crime :(A)First Degree Murder.
Date of Conviction :12-13-82
Sentence and Sentence Length :Life
Date of Sentence completion (including parole and probation) :Life is open-ended.
1 st Degree Sexual Assault.
Date of Conviction :12-13-82
Sentence and Sentence Length :20 Years
Life is controlling sentence.
#10 Describe( do not just list) the crime identified in #8. Explain the circumstances surrounding the crime(s), why you committed the crime. (see post 2)
#11 Explain the extraordinary circumstances that you believe warrant a waiver of the Governor’s Pardon advisory Board eligibility rules. For example, and extraordinary circumstance could be, but is not necessarily, the fact that the conviction prohibits you from obtaining specific employment. However, the desire to hunt or possess a firearm for hunting purposes does not constitute extraordinary circumstances.(see post 3)