Governor Gavin Newsom today announced that he has granted 13 pardons and 21 commutations.
The California Constitution gives the Governor the authority to grant executive clemency, including in the form of a pardon or commutation. A clemency grant recognizes a person’s subsequent efforts in self-development. It does not forgive or minimize the harm caused by the crime.
A pardon may remove counterproductive barriers to employment and public service, restore civic rights and responsibilities, and prevent unjust collateral consequences of conviction, such as deportation and permanent family separation. A pardon does not expunge or erase a conviction.
A commutation will allow an inmate to go before the Board of Parole Hearings for a hearing at which the Parole Commissioners determine whether the inmate is suitable for release from prison.
The Governor regards clemency as an important part of the criminal justice system that can incentivize accountability and rehabilitation, increase public safety by removing counterproductive barriers to successful reentry, and correct unjust results in the legal system.
The Governor weighs numerous factors in his review of clemency applications, including an applicant’s self-development and conduct since the offense, whether the grant is consistent with public safety and in the interest of justice, and the impact of a grant on the community.
While in office, Governor Newsom has granted a total of 41 pardons and 65 commutations.
Copies of the gubernatorial clemency certificates announced today can be found here (pdf).
Additional information on executive clemency can be found here.
Orange County residents pardoned
From the executive actions taken on June 26:
- Stephen Frize: On October 31, 1997, 24-year-old Mr. Frize was convicted in the Superior Court of California, County of Orange, for exhibiting or drawing a firearm and carrying a loaded firearm. He was sentenced to three years of probation and 365 days in jail. He has been granted a full pardon.
- Christopher Osborn:: On September 13, 2002, 21-year-old Mr. Osborn was convicted in the Superior Court of California, County of Orange, for possession of marijuana for sale and selling or transporting marijuana. He was sentenced to three years of probation and 180 days of jail. He has been granted a full pardon.
- Miguel Ruiz: In 1989, Miguel Ruiz was hired to kill David Werner by Mr. Wern’s daughter. Mr. Ruiz held down Mr. Werner while his crime partner fatally stabbed the victim. On December 4, 1992, the Superior Court of California, County of Orange, sentenced Mr. Ruiz to life without the possibility of parole for murder. He has been granted a commutation, with a chance for parole.
The information above was released by the Office of the Governor of the State of California.