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In statement, Barbour addresses pardons

Former Gov. Haley Barbour has just released a statement after a good 24 hours of sound and fury relating to his last-minute pardon/clemency binge.

Here it is, in full:

Some people have misunderstood the clemency process and think that all or most of the individuals who received clemency from former Gov. Haley Barbour were in jail at the time of their release. Approximately 90 percent of these individuals were no longer in custody, and a majority of them had been out for years. The pardons were intended to allow them to find gainful employment or acquire professional licenses as well as hunt and vote. My decision about clemency was based upon the recommendation of the Parole Board in more than 90 percent of the cases. The 26 people released from custody due to clemency is just slightly more than one-tenth of 1 percent of those incarcerated.

Half of the people who were incarcerated and released were placed on indefinite suspension due to medical reasons because their health care expenses while incarcerated were costing the state so much money. These individuals suffer from severe chronic illnesses, are on dialysis, in wheelchairs or are bedridden. They are not threats to society but if any of them commits an offense – even a misdemeanor – they’ll be returned to custody to serve out their term.

Of the inmates released for medical reasons, a small number were placed on house arrest, and all still remain under the supervision of the Department of Corrections.

In Custody at Time of Release

  • Medical Release/Remain Under    MDOC Supervision (13)
  • Suspended Sentence/ Remain Under MDOC Supervision (3)
26 (12 percent)
Previously Completed Incarceration at Time of Clemency 189 (88 percent)
Total 215

Source: Mississippi Department of Corrections

See related story on Barbour’s pardons:
Judge puts release of Barbour’s pardoned prisoners on hold
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  1. Westkeokuk
    January 12th, 2012 at 09:05 | #1

    Can you believe such a garbage statement from a Governor who kissed four killers butts because they worked on detail at the Governor’s mansion? Hard to believe that the U.S. takes no weight into a life sentence anymore. Barbour just kissed his presidential hopes goodbye forever.

  2. Amy McCullough
    January 13th, 2012 at 15:51 | #2

    Yes, let’s do make sure this folks get the opportunity to “hunt” restored to them.

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