California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has pardoned three men who were convicted of drug charges in the 1970s, reports the Associated Press. They were the first state pardons in the past six years. Gov. Gray Davis pardoned no one during his four and one-half years in office.
Schwarzenegger has also been more aggressive than his predecessor at paroling convicted murderers and kidnappers, freeing dozens in his first year in office compared to the eight life-term inmates Davis paroled. The governor’s office said that all three pardoned men, who are each 53 years old now, had committed nonviolent crimes and rebounded by contributing to their communities. The last pardon in the state was by Davis’ predecessor, Gov. Pete Wilson, in 1998.