Hood Seeks Change for Future Pardons

Four inmates who were pardoned by former Mississippi governor, Haley Barbour, are going to be released Saturday.

The Mississippi Supreme Court ruled the pardons are legal, along with others granted by the Republican governor before he left office in January.

Attorney General Jim Hood had challenged some of them, claiming that proper public notification was not done.

Even though Hood lost the argument, he's not letting the issue go entirely.

"I am calling on all the victims out there, the law enforcement officers, the prosecutors, those of us who work in law enforcement in the criminal justice system to assist our office in going forward with an initiative that will make sure the next court, if this ever happens again, this abuse of the pardon power, that the next court will have a duty to enforce the constitution, the constitutional right preserved by the people to require a governor to make sure that 30 days notice has occurred," Hood said.

The great majority of those pardoned by Barbour were already out of prison. Ten were still behind bars when their pardons were granted.


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