Monday, December 20, 2010
StateLine.org is featuring a piece on clemency in the states. Its general theme is that governors tend to show mercy as their terms come to an end. Governor Ed Rendell (PA) has granted 1,059 pardons during his eight years in office, "more than double the state's previous record." Governor Jennifer Granholm (MI) has commuted 179 prisoners' sentences over the last eight years, "more than any governor in that state in decades." But the piece also asserts, "at the state level, governors commonly grant clemency at the end of their term in office." See entire piece here.