Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Oregon: 13 Pardons, 2 Commutations

It is reported that Governor Ted Kulongoski granted 13 pardons (of 162 requests) and 2 commutations of sentence (out of 158 requests) during the last two years of his term. Six of the pardons and 1 of the commutations were granted during his final three weeks in office. In Oregon, the Constitution requires the governor to provide a clemency report every two years.

Kulongoski drew particular attention to the two commutations noting both men committed their offenses when they were under the age of 18. Both men had served more than half of their sentences. The Governor said his decision was "informed" by research which showed "the risk of recidivism for juvenile offenders is higher when youth are incarcerated in the adult system.” See story here.

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