Barbour defends clemency moves

He said his decision about clemency “was based upon the recommendation of the Parole Board in more than 90 percent of the cases.”

But judges, law enforcement officers, victims and victims’ advocates say they worry that a clean record for a violent criminal or sex offender could mean Mississippians won’t know who is living next door.

Barbour’s pardons have incited criticism in the state and the country, with many condemning him for releasing murderers. Some of those pardoned or handed shortened sentences also were convicted of manslaughter, rape, aggravated assault and other violent crimes.

Barbour also said half of those granted pardons are ill and their medical expenses are “costing the state so much money.”

Clarion Ledger
1/12/12