Thursday, June 5, 2008
The delay in processing clemency applications is a distinct feature at the federal level and commonly a factor in the states. The Governor of the State of Illinois recently had a U.S. District Court inform him that his delays were violating the civil rights of applicants. But today, the Miami Herald reports on new approach to addressing the issue of delay ... more delay! A 20 percent reduction in the parole commission budget (all the way down to $8.1 million) will result in a reduction of 24 positions (in a staff of 148). Nine of the position involve the handling of clemency applications. An official said, ''We will continue to do our best. However, there might be a slight delay time in processing clemency cases.'' The State's clemency process is reported to have been "bound in red tape and paperwork" for "years." See story here.