CA Gov. Brown Pardons 127 Ex-Felons, Most for Drug Offenses


California Gov. Jerry Brown announced pardons on Tuesday for 127 people, reports the Sacramento Bee. Everyone getting their names cleared finished serving their time more than a decade ago and have stayed out of trouble since, according to Brown’s office. The clemency messages said the people in question had become upstanding citizens who “exhibited good moral character” and “lived an honest and upright life.”

Most of the individuals receiving full and unconditional pardons had been convicted of drug-related offenses. Of the 127, 93 had been convicted of possessing, transporting or selling marijuana and other controlled substances. Robberies, burglaries and thefts accounted for most of the rest. Brown pardoned 128 convicted criminals in 2012, up from 21 pardons in 2011. Last week, President Obama commuted the sentences of eight federal inmates serving long terms for crack cocaine-related offenses.

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