Monday, December 12, 2016

Rauner "Eliminates Backlog." Obama to Follow Suit?

These days, it seem that, when an executive (state or federal) recognizes the value of clemency, but doesn't have much interest in actively participating in checks and balances, the language of bragging and points of pride come out something like this:
"We got through all of the applications." 
Or, if you are Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner, you have "eliminated a backlog" of lots of requests (inherited, of course, from previous administrations). What happened while processing all of those applications?

Rauner granted "about 80 pardons out of more 2,300 applications he's acted on since taking office in 2015." He says it is because he is a reformer of criminal justice and because he is interested in giving people a second chance. A pile of about .03 percent of second chances to be exact.  In contrast, the previous governor, Pat Quinn, "acted on about 4,000 cases," but granted clemency to more than 1,000.

One fears that Obama's DOJ is operating in too much in Rauner mode. To date, the Obama administration has denied a record 16,114 applications. Another 4,695 have been denied or closed without presidential action. With only a few weeks remaining in the President's term, almost 15,000 applications are pending.

But, they're going to "get through" all those applications, by golly. No sleeping or eating until then. Just ask them, they'll tell ya! See story here.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

"But, they're going to "get through" all those applications, by golly. No sleeping or eating until then. Just ask them, they'll tell ya!"

Funny sarcasm. Anyway, Obama might beat Wilson's commutation record but no more than that.

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