Sunday, December 6, 2015

Montana. New Law. New Applications.

Matt Volz of the Associated Press says that, when Barry Beach walked out of prison, because Gov. Steve Bullock commuted his 100-year murder sentence, it gave others "hope" that the governor would "look favorably" on their own clemency applications.

More specifically, 14 Montana prisoners "rushed" to file applications "after a new state law gave the governor final say on clemency requests instead of the Montana Board of Pardons and Parole." This is an "unusually high number of applications filed over a two-month span. Over the same period last year, only one application was filed." See story here.

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