Do Barbour’s pardons stem from Southern religious, cultural practices?

January 13, 2012

Legal Affairs, Politics

ABC News has an interesting look at the South’s tradition of prisoner pardons, a practice it says is rooted in the region’s religious practices and culture. ABC asks whether those practices influenced former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour’s controversial decision to grant more than 200 pardons on his way out of office.

Here is the introduction and link to the story:

Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour’s decision to grant clemency to some 208 convicted felons right before he left office has focused the national spotlight on a unique practice that’s relegated to a handful of states: inmates working in governor’s mansion

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