Latest Pardons and commutations News

Washington state prisoners released after drug law is voided

Apr. 13, 2021 19:28 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Gov. Jay Inslee has commuted the sentences of more than a dozen drug offenders in the past few days, freeing them from prison as Washington's legal system struggles with the fallout from a court ruling that voided the state's drug possession law. In a...

Mayor pardoned by Trump wins another term in Illinois town

Apr. 09, 2021 22:29 PM EDT

METTAWA, Ill. (AP) — Voters in a small Illinois town reelected a mayor who ran a write-in campaign after President Donald Trump pardoned him in a gambling investigation. Casey Urlacher, the brother of former Chicago Bears star Brian Urlacher, defeated Jess Ray in...

Illinois man whose murder conviction was commuted now free

Apr. 02, 2021 22:42 PM EDT

JOLIET, Ill (AP) — A man whose sentence for a 1990 double murder was commuted by Gov. J.B. Pritzker after allegations he was tortured into confessing to the crime was freed Friday. Gerald Reed, 57, walked out Stateville Correctional Center near Joliet and into the arms...

Pritzker commutes sentence of man convicted of double murder

Apr. 01, 2021 21:14 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Thursday commuted the sentence of a man who claimed he was framed by Chicago police detectives for a 1990 double murder. Gerald Reed was granted a new trial in 2018 on claims he was tortured into a false murder confession...

Connecticut says feds still trying to deport pardoned people

Apr. 01, 2021 16:21 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Federal officials are not honoring an agreement to accept the validity of Connecticut pardons and continue trying to deport people pardoned by a state board because of their crimes, according to state Attorney General William Tong's office. Tong's...

Gov. Parson issues 17 more pardons, 1 commutation

Mar. 30, 2021 13:50 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Gov. Mike Parson on Tuesday announced he had issued pardons for 17 people and commutated the prison sentence of one person. The governor's office said it would provide information on who was affected by the decisions after their families are...

Appellate court arguments set for Charleston church shooter

Mar. 29, 2021 15:30 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Attorneys for the man sentenced to federal death row for the racist slayings of nine members of a Black South Carolina congregation are set to formally argue that his conviction and death sentence should be overturned. Oral arguments have been set...

Pakistani court commutes death sentence, after 23 years

Mar. 29, 2021 05:10 AM EDT

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistan’s top court on Monday commuted the death sentence of a convict who had spent 23 years on death row, after determining he had committed the crime while still a minor, his defense lawyer said. The Supreme Court's ruling was hailed by...

On federal death row, inmates talk about Biden, executions

Mar. 22, 2021 13:50 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — On federal death row, prisoners fling notes on a string under each other’s cell doors and converse through interconnected air ducts. A top issue these days: whether President Joe Biden will halt executions, several told The Associated Press. Biden...

Rapid City woman enjoys freedom after commutation from Trump

Mar. 18, 2021 13:19 PM EDT

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota woman whose prison sentence was commuted on Donald Trump's last day in office says the missed experiences included spending time with her children and grandchildren — and learning to use a smartphone. LaVonne Roach, of Rapid...