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  •  Governor does not have pardon authority in GA... (2+ / 0-)
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    sberel, wiscmass

    In spite of hundreds of movies to the contrary.  In Texas the Governor only had a right to postpone execution, not commutation.

    The State Board of Pardons and Paroles is a full-time, five-member board. Members are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the senate. Members' terms are staggered in seven-year increments. Current members include Milton E. "Buddy" Nix, Chairman, Dr. Betty Ann Cook, Vice-Chairperson, Garfield Hammonds, Jr., Michael Light, and Dr. Eugene P. Walker. Clemency requests are screened by Board staff. Requests deemed meritorious are forwarded to the Board for review and decision. The Board also makes parole determinations.

    A majority vote (at least three of the five members) is required for a clemency request to be granted. Hearings are not open to the public. Inmates can request friends, family, and supporters to send correspondence in favor of the clemency request to the Board. It takes several months for the Board to notify the inmate of its decision

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