The board makes nonbinding recommendations to the governor, who can reduce a sentence or deny clemency. Offenders who are denied must wait three years to reapply. The seven-member board also will see its first turnover, as one member leaves for health reasons. Currently, the board has no African-American representation — a situation juvenile advocates would like to see change.
Monday, July 7, 2008
The Denver Post is reporting on what it calls "the nation's first juvenile-clemency board," established by Gov. Bill Ritter. A panel has "delved into individual cases" and established "eligibility criteria" and "an application process." The Post says "some final clemency decisions likely will come before the end of the year." Mark Noel, the state director for extradition and clemency, is quoted as saying, "This is all new ground. We've had inquiries from all over the world about this board. It's a very careful, serious, deliberate process. These are murder cases. You don't want to rush something like this." Says the Post: