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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Ind. Gov't. - "Are Pardons Becoming More Politically Acceptable?"

On Dec. 22, 2014, the ILB posted quotes from Niki Kelly's story, "In 2 years, Pence yet to grant 1st pardon." On Monday Gov.. Pence pardoned three people, according to this story from Ken de la Bastide of the Anderson Herald Bulletin. Some quotes:

ANDERSON – Former Anderson resident Marquita Braxton is among the first three people granted a pardon by Gov. Mike Pence.

Pence had not issued any gubernatorial pardons during his first two years as governor. On Friday, he issued pardons for three people. * * *

In addition to Braxton, Pence issued pardons for Stephanie Davis, for a 1999 felony theft conviction in Lake County, and White County resident Hans Schmitter, for 1992 convictions for theft, residential entry and receipt of stolen property.

Today Governing has a long story by Alan Greenblatt that begins:
Last Friday, on his last full business day in office, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn pardoned 232 ex-offenders.

That same day, in neighboring Indiana, Gov. Mike Pence issued three pardons -- the first during his two years in office.

Which governor’s actions were standard? Until recently, it would have been easy to pick Pence. For decades now, governors have been sparing with pardons, not wanting to be perceived as lenient and worrying about the political risks that can come with pardoning people who go on to commit further crimes.

But gubernatorial pardons may be about ready to start making a comeback. As part of the broader rethinking of criminal justice strategies, in which concerns about rehabilitation, exonerations and expungement of records have become part of the mix, more governors seem willing to embrace their historic role of offering clemency to those who have earned it.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on January 15, 2015 09:12 AM
Posted to Indiana Government