“This is the way it’s supposed to work. We send people to prison to protect the public, for punishment and as a deterrent. But we also send them to prison to be rehabilitated and -– we hope -– to be redeemed as citizens, neighbors, fathers, husbands, and taxpayers. Too often, it doesn’t work out that way. But for Robert Thornton and Eric Hinckley, it did. I’m proud of them. I’m confident they’ll stay on track, and I hope they’ll serve as examples to others of how to successfully emerge from our criminal justice system.”See full story here.
Monday, May 6, 2013
KIVI 6 (ABC) is reporting that Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter has "issued pardons to two men who were convicted of trafficking illegal drugs, served time in prison, and are now turning their lives around on the outside." The recipients are said to be 57 year old Robert Thornton and 37 year old Eric Hinckley and it is the first time Otter has used the clemency power. It is also represents the first since 2000 (when Dirk Kempthorne was Governor). The pardons were granted "on the recommendation of the Idaho Commission for Pardons and Parole" and Otter says: