Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Texas: Perry's Clemency Record

Over at Grits for Breakfast, Scott Henson and fine folks are expecting Governor Perry to grant Holiday pardons "like clockwork." But they also provide a great service by showing aggregate data for clemency decisions throughout the entirety of Perry's administration (cases considered, recommendations for clemency and actual grants). In addition, percentages are  reported for recommendations, grants and the overall chance of obtaining clemency.

Altogether, the State's Board of Pardons and Paroles has considered 1,916 cases. The Board has also recommended clemency in 423 of those cases. Governor Perry, however, has only granted clemency in 124 instances. Thus, on average (annually), Rick Perry disagrees with the recommendations of the State's Board a whopping 75 percent of the time. See full post here.


Thomas R. Griffith said...

Here in Texas, the only applicants that are truly considered for Full Pardons - ‘for innocence’ are those: possessing favorable DNA evidence, are on Death Row, were a party in a mass arrests, and/or are currently in custody having a religious group, project or media behind them.

Requirements of applicants seeking a Full Pardon - ‘for innocence’ include getting the three trial officials (Sheriff, D.A. and the Judge of the court) to unanimously agree to provide Letters of Recommendation. The joke is on the applicant due to there being no incentives for these three to agree that their department and staff played a role in a conspiracy involving: a false arrest that resulted in a wrongful conviction.

The seven Board members have no incentives to even open the packets - much less read them thus making the whole process a big joke. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Wasted tax dollars. How much money and manpower is being wasted to keep records 20 to 40 years old? How many people are unable to get jobs because of the new job market that every employer insists they have a criminal record background check before hiring? How many employers do not even know how to interpret the criminal record for misdemeanors and felonies? What is the point of probation and fines since the item stays with someone forever? It is old antiquated laws that do not protect Texans in getting a clean start and getting employment.

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