Monday, January 18, 2010

Michigan: Granholm's Clemency Policy

Various newspapers in the Midwest are starting to provide more in-depth reporting on the exercise of clemency in Michigan. The Chicago Tribune now reports that Governor Granholm granted 100 commutations of sentence in 2008 and 2009, "more than any two-year period in the last four decades." In sharp contrast, Granholm (a former prosecutor) granted only 18 commutations in her first five years in office. 32 of the 2008/2009 commutations went to prisoners convicted of first degree murder, but about 1/3 went to prisoners because of some "medical condition." In addition, about 13,000 prisoners were paroled - the most ever. See story here and here

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