Governor Brown has shown he believes in a person’s ability to rehabilitate. In his two years since resuming office, he has granted significantly more pardon petitions than his two predecessors combined. Arnold Schwarzenegger only granted executive clemency to 26 people, and his predecessor, Gray Davis, did not give any. Brown, in his first tenure as Governor, granted clemency to 403 people.
Luckily for the people of Illinois, Governor Quinn has shown a similar belief in helping those who have proven good rehabilitation. Like Brown in California, Governor Quinn has had to work through a backlog of petitions left over from a previous administration that ignored those in need.
We conclude 2012 by applauding California Governor Jerry Brown for believing in people and giving them the gift of a fresh start!