Governor Newsom announces executive clemency
–Governor Gavin Newsom announced yesterday that he has granted seven pardons. People who have been convicted of a crime in California may apply to the Governor for a pardon.
The California Constitution gives the Governor the authority to grant clemency. A pardon does not minimize past conduct; it recognizes a person’s subsequent progress and accomplishments. A pardon does not expunge or erase the conviction, according to Newsom’s office.
By granting these pardons, the Governor says he is seeking to remove barriers to employment and public service, restore civic rights and responsibilities and prevent unjust collateral consequences of conviction.
The Governor says he weighs numerous factors in his review, including the applicant’s self-development and conduct since the offense and whether the grant is consistent with public safety and in the interests of justice. Those granted pardons today all completed their prison sentences years ago.
When a pardon is granted, the California Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are notified so that they may update their records on the applicant. The pardon is filed with the Secretary of State and the Legislature and is a public record.
Copies of the gubernatorial pardons granted today can be found here.
Additional information on executive clemency can be found here.