Governor Jerry Brown pardons 72 criminals ahead of Easter

California Governor Jerry Brown announced Saturday that he has granted 72 pardons and seven commutations ahead of Easter Sunday. (April 15, 2017)

California Governor Jerry Brown announced Saturday that he has granted 72 pardons and seven commutations ahead of Easter Sunday.

The pardon process begins when individuals who have been convicted of a crime in California apply to Gov. Brown for a pardon. Every eligible pardon applicant received a Certificate of Rehabilitation, which is an order from a superior court saying the person convicted of a crime has been rehabilitated.

Three of the 72 people who were granted pardons served in the United States military. They were honorably discharged and originally promised citizenship for their service. However, the governor’s office says they were deported after completing sentences for individual crimes that occurred after their service.

In addition, seven commutations were also granted to current inmates., the governor's office says.

© 2017 Associated Press


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