Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Washington: Life Sentence to Pardon

The Pacific Northwest Inlander is reporting on the full Gov. Christine Gregoire granted last week to Starcia Ague. It is reported that the pardon was prompted, at least in part, by "Ague’s youth, her large network of supporters, and her consistent high achieving since her arrest at 15." The Governor's decision also followed a 5-0 recommendation by the State's Clemency and Pardons Board. It was at the tender age of 15 when Ague helped plan a break-in which resulted in home invasion and the abuse of its occupants. While serving her life sentence, Ague has earned a criminal justice degree from Washington State University and is now a "researcher" at University of Washington.

It is also reported that, since 2006, the Board has considered 708 requests for pardon and made a positive recommendation in only 70 instances. The governor has granted only 32 pardons. See story here.

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