31-403. Commutation; restrictions on consideration
A. A person who is otherwise eligible for commutation and who is denied a commutation of sentence recommendation shall not petition or be considered by the board for commutation of that sentence for a period of five years following the date of the board's denial of the commutation recommendation if the offense for which the commutation recommendation was denied involved any of the following:
1. Death in violation of section 13-1104 or 13-1105.
2. Serious physical injury if the person was sentenced pursuant to section 13-704.
3. A dangerous crime against children as defined in section 13-705.
4. A felony offense in violation of title 13, chapter 14 or 35.1.
B. Notwithstanding subsection A, paragraph 2 of this section, if, in its sole discretion, the board determines that the person committed an offense that involved serious physical injury as defined in section 13-105 and that the person was not sentenced pursuant to section 13-704, the board may order that the person shall not petition or be considered by the board for commutation of that sentence for a period of five years following the date of the board's denial of the commutation recommendation.
C. Notwithstanding subsection A or B of this section, the board, at the time of denial, may lengthen the five year period of time prescribed in subsection A or B of this section to a period of up to ten years, except that if the offense for which commutation was denied involved a violation of an offense listed in subsection A, paragraph 1 of this section, the board may lengthen the period of time to a period of time that is greater than ten years and that is specified by the board by one of the following votes:
1. A majority affirmative vote if four or more members consider the action.
2. A unanimous affirmative vote if three members consider the action.
3. A unanimous affirmative vote if two members consider the action pursuant to section 31-401, subsection I and the chairman concurs after reviewing the information considered by the two members. If the chairman is one of the two members constituting a two member quorum under section 31-401, subsection I, and both the chairman and the other member vote to lengthen the five year period to a period of time greater than ten years, no further action shall be taken and the decision on whether to lengthen the five year period shall be considered by the board at a meeting at which at least three members are present and voting.
D. The board may waive the provisions of subsections A, B and C of this section if any of the following applies:
1. The person is in imminent danger of death due to a medical condition, as determined by the board.
2. The person is the subject of a warrant of execution.
3. The sentence for which commutation is sought is the subject of a special order issued by the court pursuant to section 13-603, subsection L.
E. This section applies only to offenses that are committed on or after January 1, 2006.