Jails and Prisons

McAuliffe pardons 6 prisoners on last day in office

McAuliffe pardons 6 prisoners on last day in office

RICHMOND – On his final day as governor, Terry McAuliffe granted conditional pardons to six prison inmates who he said received sentences excessive for their crimes.

Though it may be the state’s first responsibility to keep the communities safe, McAuliffe said, “As we uphold that responsibility, we must continuously strive to ensure that the punishments offenders receive are commensurate with the crime they committed.”

McAuliffe, who announced the pardons Friday afternoon, just day before fellow Democrat, Ralph Northam, is sworn in. The departing governor issued pardons...

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