Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced Dec. 24 that he has granted 104 pardons. It is something he has done each year on Christmas Eve.
The individuals granted pardons completed their sentences and have been living crime-free for more than a decade.
While some news organizations have characterized the pardons as involving “low-level” or “non-violent” crimes, the fact is that the ex-cons were pardoned for crimes including: murder for hire (soliciting a murder), vehicular manslaughter, wife beating, armed robbery, assault with a deadly weapon, witness tampering, grand theft, burglary, arson, felony DUI, receipt of stolen property and drug dealing and/or manufacture of drugs. Very few of the 104 had been convicted for simple drug possession.
“Individuals who have been convicted of a crime in California may apply to the Governor for a pardon. All applicants for a pardon who were eligible obtained a Certificate of Rehabilitation, which is an order from a superior court declaring that a person convicted of a crime is now rehabilitated. A gubernatorial pardon may be granted to people who have demonstrated exemplary behavior and have lived productive and law-abiding lives following their conviction. Pardons are not granted unless they are earned.
“When a pardon is granted, the California Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are notified so that they may update their records on the applicant. The pardon is filed with the Secretary of State and the Legislature, and it is a public record.”
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