Thursday, May 26, 2011
Why? Uh ... just because. Now THAT is pitiful!
WOOD 8 reports - without details - that Snyder has "tightened up the criteria" for clemency and that he has reduced the size of the State's parole board (from 15 to 10 members). He has also eliminated a recently created "Clemency Council."
Why? ... We guess because he is just a really tough guy!
Former Governor William Milliken notes that "one cannot foretell the future in every case." But, despite a desperate attempt to find something like a "Willie Horton effect," an analysis has revealed that, of the 316 prisoners released early from the State's prisons over the last 42 years, a mere 12 (.03 percent) got into trouble with the law again. None of them, incidentally, were freed by Governor Granholm. Says Milliken, "I've come to regret that I did not issue more commutations than I did ... there is room for compassion." See story here.
Michigan commutations (since 1969) Total: 316
For medical reasons: 81, First-degree murder: 147, Other violent crime: 37, Drug crimes: 106,Property crimes / other: 26
Commutations by Governor:
Gov. William Milliken (1969 to end of 1982), Commutations: 95, For medical reasons: 0,First-degree murder: 94, Second-degree murder: 1
Gov. Blanchard (1983 to end of 1990),Commutations: 6, For medical reasons: 0, First-degree murder: 6
Gov. John Engler (1991 to end of 2002),Commutations: 34, For medical reasons: 11, First-degree murder: 8, Manslaughter: 1, Second-degree murder: 2, Attempted murder: 2, Armed robbery/rape: 1
Armed robbery: 1, Drug crimes: 19
Gov. Jennifer Granholm (2003 to end of 2010), Commutations: 182, For medical reasons: 70, First-degree murder: 39, Drug crimes: 90, Other violent crimes: 29, Property/other crimes: 24
See story here for the above data.