Monday, December 20, 2010

Georgia: A Strict, But Forgiving State

The Atlanta Journal Constitution has a story on clemency in Georgia. It notes that, currently, there are more than 2,000 "pardon and restoration-of-rights applications pending" before the State's five-person Board of Pardons and Paroles." Each Board member is appointed by the governor and serves 7-year terms. The article says the State has "one of the highest incarceration rates in the world," but it is also "a forgiving state."

Over the last six years, about 1,600 felons have asked the state for forgiveness annually. On average, about 38 percent of requests have been granted. In fiscal year 2010 alone, 561 pardons were granted. Normally, there is a five-year waiting period after the completion of sentence and three letters of recommendation are required. See story here.

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