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Kelly commutes 5 prisoners’ sentences, pardons 3 others

June 24, 2021 GMT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Gov. Laura Kelly on Thursday announced that she had commuted the prison sentences of five people and granted pardons to three others.

Kelly said she used her powers to grant clemency after independent reviews by her legal team, the Prison Review Board and the Department of Administration.

The governor said she considered several factors, including the nature of the offense, demonstration of rehabilitation, input from crime victims, a minimal criminal history or disciplinary records in prison, and strong indications of success after release.

“We reviewed many applications, and, after a thorough determination process, these individuals met a clear set of criteria that demonstrates they have paid their debts to society,” Kelly said. “Using the clemency power is not something I take lightly, nor is it the solution to the systemic issues in our criminal justice system. Instead, we’ll keep working towards commonsense reforms to save taxpayers money and offer pathways to prevent crime and to keep people out of the system in the first place.”

Those who were given pardons were Chivonda Hall, Xuan Hiep Le and Joshua Townsend. Commutations went to Joseph Agrillo, Dominic Holder, Joseph Jones, Michael McCloud and Loren Thibodo.