Sunday, December 11, 2011

Kansas: No Freedom. And No Mercy Either! reports Gov. Sam Brownback will not be giving any "inmates the gift of freedom this year." Nor does he appear to have any plans for any form of mercy. Brownback got 37 petitions for clemency in 2011, but it is not clear whether or not those persons were seeking "freedom" or were, in fact, persons who had served their times long ago, have integrated back into society as law-abiding and productive members and are simply seeking to have their civil rights restored. Former Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius issued only one pardon (for drunk driving) in six years as governor. Gov. Mark Parkinson issued four pardons in less than two years as governor. See story here.

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