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Tennessee Gov. Grants 23 Clemency Requests on Last Day in Office

Tennessee Clemency

On his last day in office, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam granted executive clemency to 23 people. The essential purpose, Haslam said in a written statement, was to better allow people with convictions to have another chance to become contributing members of society.   Tennessee Clemency: Gov. Haslam’s Position   “These individuals receiving pardons have made…

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Colorado Gov. Squeezes 33 More Clemencies in Before End of Term

Colorado Clemency

Only a week after Colorado’s Governor John Hickenlooper granted clemency for six Colorado offenders, he ordered clemency for 33 others. This brings his total to 156 pardons and 18 commutations during his eight years in office.   Timing of Colorado Clemency Grants   Clemencies are often issued in December, as were Hickenlooper’s, perhaps because the…

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Texas Governor Issues Pardons to Six Minor Offenders

Texas Pardon

Dozens of Texans submit requests for executive clemency every year. Last year there were 92 applications. In the last two weeks of 2018, according to a report in the Dallas News, Gov. Greg Abbott granted pardons to six individuals who had been convicted for minor offenses.   A full pardon restores certain rights that people…

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Presidential Clemency

Presidential Clemency

The presidential clemency power is one of the most powerful tools a President can use. The presidential clemency power can be used for mercy and to instigate policy change. Clemency is defined as mercy or leniency. The presidential clemency power the President of the United States holds is extremely broad and powerful. Many powers the…

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Executive Clemency

Executive Clemency

The executive clemency power is an extremely broad and powerful ability of a President and a governor. This power can be used to promote policies and to render mercy. Article 2, Section II of the Constitution states: “The President…shall have power to grant reprieves and pardons for offenses against the United States, except in cases…

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Pardoning State Crimes

Pardoning State Crimes

The inability to pardon state crimes is one of the few restrictions imposed on the President of the United States. State governors hold the power to grant clemency to those convicted of state offenses. Difference Between the Pardoning of Federal and State Crimes Article II, Section 2 of the Constitution grants the president the power…

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What Does “Commutation of a Sentence” Mean?

Commutation of a Sentence

Both governors and president possess the power to commute a prison sentence. This clemency power can be used to make a statement about criminal justice reform and to show mercy.  Commutation of a sentence means a reduction in punishment.  Typically, a commutation lessens a prison sentence, but it can also reduce court-ordered fines.  A commuted…

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