Christmas came a day early to 79 individuals who were convicted of a crime in California, and who went on to lead a crime-free life for a decade or more after completing their sentences. In a news release to the public, the office of Governor Edmund G. (Gerry) Brown Jr. stated:
“On the eve of Christmas, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced that he has granted 79 pardons.
The individuals granted pardons all completed their sentences and have been released from custody for more than a decade without further criminal activity.
Individuals who have been convicted of a crime in California may apply to the Governor for a pardon. 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.
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 Legislature, and is a public record.”
To view the list of all 79 pardons click here to go to website .
The Los Angeles Times reports that one recipient of a pardon by Brown is a convicted robber who is now a prison chaplain in Arkansas.