On Saturday, California Governor Jerry Brown pardoned 65 people, all of whom have completed their sentences and have been living freely for over a decade without engaging in criminal activity. Most of the people receiving pardons were convicted of drug related crimes.
Last year, Brown granted 128 pardons. On Christmas Eve of 2012, Brown pardoned 79 people. Granting pardons before a major Christian holiday is becoming a pattern for the Governor who studied at a Jesuit seminary.
The Governor’s office stated in December, “A gubernatorial pardon may be granted to people who have demonstrated exemplary behavior following their conviction. A pardon will not be granted unless it has been earned. Obtaining a pardon is a distinct achievement based upon proof of a productive and law-abiding life following conviction.”