Saturday, June 4, 2011

Beebe 6 Pardons. No Dust.

Governor Mike Beebe has announced his intent to grant six pardons. He also denied 10 requests. Per usual, the  were denied and 14 had no action taken upon them. These include requests from both inmates and non-inmates six recipients "have completed all jail time, fulfilled all parole-and-probationary requirements and paid all fines related to their sentences." Among the offenses addressed in these pardons are assault, possession of a controlled substance, fraudulence use of a credit card, property theft, robbery, terroristic threatening, domestic battery, and commercial burglary. In Arkansas, there is a 30-day "waiting period" for public feedback on announced pardons. See article here.

Beebe is one of the few Governors who exercises the pardon power with some regularity. Given all of the noise about Mike Huckabee, one wonders why the non-controversial nature of his pardons is not given more attentions. Similarly, Governor Granholm's record pardon activity (in Michigan) must - by definition - mean were are currently in the midst of something like record non-recidivism! Where is the press? Where is all of the commentary and analysis? Answer: waiting, patiently, for the next single incident, to pretend as though pardons are just too risky!

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