Program Authorization: Article XIV of 1974 Louisiana Constitution; R.S. 15:572-574.1; R.S. 36:409; R.S. 15:1111; Hayes Williams, et al v. John McKeithen, et al CA 71-98-b (M.D. La.)
The Pardon Board, whose five members are appointed by the governor and confirmed by the state senate, recommends clemency relief (that is, commutation of sentence, restoration of parole eligibility, pardon, and restoration of rights) for offenders who have shown that they have been rehabilitated and have been or can become law-abiding citizens. In taking these actions, especially when deliberations involve the amount of time a person will remain incarcerated, the board seeks to strike a balance between public safety and provision of an incentive for offenders who have no release dates. No recommendation is implemented until the governor signs said recommendation.
OBJECTIVES AND PERFORMANCE INDICATORS
1. In FY 1998-99, the Pardon Board Program will provide expeditious hearing and objective determination of applications for clemency.
SOURCE OF FUNDING
This program is funded entirely with state general fund.
ANALYSIS OF RECOMMENDATION
The total means of financing for this program is recommended at 91.8% of the existing operating budget. It represents 86.1% of the total request ($331,138) for this program. The decrease in the recommended level is primarily attributed to the adjustment in attrition.
ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS
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