Sunday, October 12, 2008

South Dakota: Pardon Us. We're Otta Here

Jim Sheridan and Ted Pins are longtime members of the state Board of Pardons and Parole. But it is now reported that they are resigning their positions out of "frustration" with respect to the inaction of Gov. Mike Rounds. The report notes at least 38 recommendations for clemency have been sent to the governor's desk since 2004 that have not yet been acted upon. Says Sheridan:
People's lives are being hung out to dry because he won't look at them. I don't know if it's the governor or some of the people around him. But I can't imagine why he isn't acting on this stuff.
Even worse, the Governor has indicated that he might not even get to some of the 38 requests until 2010. Says Pins:
If it's going to take that long, then reject them, deny them, but let them get on with their lives. I mean, I love what I do. I'm not leaving because I'm frustrated with anything I do on that board. My frustration is with the governor and his lack of response on our recommendations. I don't know why he won't make a decision. It just requires common sense and a little courage.

But the Governor explains that "sometimes" he must "deliberate longer than other people might like me." It is reported that Rounds has approved 141 of the 202 pardon recommendations sent by the board since January of 2003. He has denied 23. A majority of the pardons have been for "minor offenses." See story here.

1 comment:

Anthony said...

So my girlfriend is looking at trying to get a pardon, should she not even try soince the govenor seems to be sitting on ones from years ago?

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