Gov. Brown Pardons 63 Former Criminal Offenders

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    Continuing his tradition of offering pardons to convicted offenders on Christian holidays, Gov. Jerry Brown announced 63 pardons on Good Friday.

    According to Brown’s office, all of the applicants had been out of custody for a decade or more.

    Most of those pardoned were connected to drug-related crimes such as possession with intent to sell, manufacturing or transporting controlled substances.

    Two of the crimes were for manslaughter.

    It's become a tradition for Brown, who is Catholic, to issue pardons around religious holidays such as Christmas and Easter.

    Brown has said that those pardoned on Good Friday have demonstrated "exemplary behavior" and have lived productive lives.

    Although a gubernatorial pardon does not erase a conviction, it restores certain rights, such as allowing a former offender to serve on a jury.
     

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