Montana Adopts New Policy for Clemency Law
The Montana Board of Pardons and Parole has adopted a new policy on how it will implement a new law that allows the governor to grant clemency to prisoners even if the board recommends against it.
Under the new policy, if there is no new information in the application for clemency the panel can rely on existing records and move the application along. If the application is new, the board staff will have to review it and report to the panel.
Since the law took effect on October 1, they have received five requests for clemency.
Kris Steele Tapped for Oklahoma’s Pardon and Parole Board
Gov. Mary Fallin appointed former Republican speaker of the Oklahoma House, Kris Steele, to serve on the state’s Pardon and Parole Board.
California Inmates Can Reduce Sentence with Certifications
California regulators have given initial approval for new guidelines allowing inmates to reduce their sentences for completing a high school diploma, college degree, work skills certification, or self-help programs.