California Gov. Jerry Brown sets himself apart from past governors when it comes to giving criminals a second chance, saying rejected only a small portion of the hundreds of convicted killers cleared last year for release from prison, reports the Los Angeles Times.
The governor signed off on parole for 377 convicted killers who have been serving life sentences, according to numbers provided by his staff. That’s 81 percent of those the parole board endorsed for release. Brown approved a similar portion of parole grants the year before, in contrast to earlier governors, who rejected almost all release recommendations for murderers.