Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Mississippi: Reform? or Just Change?

State Representative. Brandon Jones, (D) has submitted legislation aimed at changing the way pardons are granted in the state. The first would make it impossible for a governor to grant pardons or reprieves to those convicted of murder or capital murder. The second would require governors to (1) hold public hearings on clemency decisions where the crime occurred and (2) contact the district attorney and sheriff for that county before granting a pardon. Jones represents the district where Michael David Graham was released from prison this year. Graham shot and killed his wife almost 20 years ago. Says Jones, "It is time to take away the get-out-of-jail-free card from these criminals." See article here.

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