Seattle Police Killings May Cut State Clemency Grants


The ambush-style shootings of four police officers near Seattle allegedly by a suspect whose prison sentence had been commuted likely will affect the way states approach clemency, experts, tell CNN. “For many governors, the quick response is, ‘Huckabee is getting all this attention, so this is the last place I want to be’,” said Marc Mauer of the Washington, D.C.-based Sentencing Project, referring to former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee. “They are going to be much more reluctant.”

The Clemmons case has been called Huckabee’s Willie Horton, a reference to the controversial Massachusetts furlough case of the 1980s. Herbert Hoelter, co-founder of National Center on Institutions and Alternatives, a group that helps file petitions for clemencies, says furlough programs became unpopular after the Horton incident, even though studies have shown they can be effective in helping prisoners re-integrate into society. “Furloughs used to be popular, but trying to get a furlough now is like trying to avoid a root canal,” Hoelter said. “It just doesn’t happen.”

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