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Clemency is a disposition to show mercy especially toward and offender or enemy Pardon is to release a person from punishment exempt from penalty a convicted criminal who was pardoned by the governor The clemency process varies from state to state typically including the governor andor a board of advisors Governor Ryan gave clemency to 156 death row inmates and granted clemency to 11 inmates awaiting sentencing in Illinois Clemency is granted for humanitarian reasons Governor Ryan had doubts about the defendants guilt questions about the defendants mental capacity and the rehabilitation of the inmates He did this mostly so there will be no more innocent inmates put to their deaths The 156 death row inmates and the 11 inmates awaiting sentencing were given pardon Governor Ryan gave the pardon mostly for what had happened to Gary Dotson when he was found to be innocent while on death row Ryan wants no more death Even though some inmates are for sure guilty there is still the small possibility that the wrong man or women is put to their deaths The victims familiesfriends and government are all challenging clemency The families are appalled by Ryans actions They really do not understand why he has done this because all the inmates have all been proven guilty The government is shocked because Ryan had made this law right before his last term was up The government will also have to worry about other states pushing for what Governor Ryan had done The citizens will push for the no more death situation Illinoiss new governor Rod Blagojevich said that his against Ryans decision Rod thinks that Ryan should have made exceptions and not made all inmates off death row These are people that have killed other people and do not deserve mercy said Governor Blagojevich I am all for Governor Ryans decision Who are we to send a human being to their death I dont understand the system because
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