Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Michigan: Statement From the Governor

Perhaps in time for a decision regarding Susan LeFevre, Governo Granholm's office has provided this overview of the Governor's decision making for clemency petitions:

When Gov. Jennifer Granholm reviews clemency petitions, she gives great weight to her clemency council's initial finding that an application has merit and to the Michigan Parole Board's final recommendation after a public hearing is held. In particular, she wants to know that an inmate poses no risk to public safety. Other factors she considers on a case-by-case basis:

--the age of the inmate;
--the nature and circumstances of the crime;
--the length of the inmate's incarceration;
--the inmate's institutional record;
--the inmate's deportability;
--the extent to which the inmate has accepted responsibility for the crime;
--the extent to which the inmate has made efforts to rehabilitate himself or herself with education, therapy and programming offered in prison;
--the extent to which the inmate is terminally ill or suffers from one or more debilitating medical conditions;
--the extent to which the inmate's commutation application is supported by the prosecutor, attorney general, sentencing judge, family, community, prison officials and the substantive nature of that support;
--the extent to which the inmate's commutation application is opposed by the prosecutor, attorney general, sentencing judge and/or victim's family and the substantive nature of that opposition.

A prisoner can be considered for clemency more than once, by the current governor and future governors.

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