Pataki the Grinch: No Clemencies This Year
New York Governor George Pataki granted no clemencies this year to state inmates.
Traditionally, it is during the Christmas season that Mr. Pataki grants clemency, which he has done 31 times. This year, Mr. Pataki looked over several petitioners' cases but decided that none merited clemency.
With all the non-violent prisoners serving draconian sentences under the Rockefeller drug laws, it's hard to believe he couldn't find a few worthy of mercy. The marginal revisions to the law passed last month are no excuse. Only 400 prisoners are expected to be eligible for early release.
According to this 2002 Human Rights Watch Report, children are the hidden casualties of the Rockefeller drug laws:
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