Friday, June 24, 2011

California: Assembly Bill 645

Sign on San Diego reports that Assemblyman Marty Block (D) "has made a small but significant change to his legislation" to prevent "political favoritism" in the State's clemency practices. In general, Assembly Bill 645 attempts to provide "prosecutors, victims and their families notice when a prisoner has filed a clemency appeal with a governor." Currently, pardons require a 10-day notice, but Block initially recommended a 30 day notice for commutations of sentence. Block says he thinks the bill's chance of passage "looks very good.” See story here.

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