Crime and Punishment

Local/Regional News
8:01 am
Sat July 6, 2013

Kentucky Alone In Lack of Formal Clemency Procedure

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- The power of kings to spare a condemned person's life lies solely with the governor in Kentucky, which is one of a select few states where the chief executive can spare death row inmates, shorten sentences and forgive crimes without oversight or having to explain his actions.

A review of clemency laws and policies across the country by The Associated Press shows nearly all other states have regulations to follow and oversight - including in some cases having to explain a decision to legislators.

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