Gov. Jerry Brown, who has handed out more pardons than any California governor in modern times, added to his record Friday by granting official forgiveness to 59 people, most of them for drug crimes and other nonviolent offenses many years ago.
Pardons are issued to those who have completed their sentences, including parole, at least a decade ago and, “have demonstrated exemplary behavior and have lived productive and law-abiding lives” ever since, Brown’s office said. Most have obtained certificates of rehabilitation from their county Superior Court.
“These pardons recognize — and even affirm — that people can turn their lives around after making mistakes and become solid members of their community,” the governor, a one time Jesuit seminarian, said in a statement.
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