Saturday, December 31, 2011

South Dakota: A Look Inside the Clemency Process

Gov. Dennis Daugaard says the clemency power is one aspect of his job that is "very different.” Dave Nelson, the chairman of State's Board of Pardons and Paroles agrees, noting that that "Even minor convictions can keep people from advancing professionally. It’s a huge deal.” Daugaard says it is "sobering" to review each and every clemency applications and notes poor judgment could result in the release of dangerous persons. So, he considers the severity of the crime and the length of time that has passed.  He and the Board also prefer face-to-face hearings with pardon applicants. Three of its nine members are appointed by the governor, three by the attorney general and three by the Supreme Court.
See story here.

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