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Program C: Pardon Board

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.)

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

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.

TRENDS IN PARDON BOARD ACTIVITIES

 

1991-92

1992-93

1993-94

1994-95

1995-96

1996-97

Number of case hearings

311

253

411

396

332

449

Number of cases recommended to the governor

156

230

220

264

251

100

Percentage of cases heard that were recommended to governor

50.16%

90.91%

53.53%

66.67%

75.60%

22.27%

Number of cases approved by the governor

40

7

59

89

333

0

Percentage of cases recommended to governor that were actually approved

25.64%

3.04%

26.82%

33.71%

274.16%

0%

SOURCE OF FUNDING

This program is funded entirely with state general fund.

ANALYSIS OF RECOMMENDATION

GENERAL FUND

TOTAL

T.O.

 

DESCRIPTION

 

 

 

 

 

$310,367

$310,367

7

 

ACT 18 FISCAL YEAR 1997-1998

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BA-7 TRANSACTIONS:

$0

$0

0

 

None

 

 

 

 

 

$310,367

$310,367

7

 

EXISTING OPERATING BUDGET - December 10, 1997

 

 

 

 

 

($3,972)

($3,972)

0

 

Equipment/Major Repairs Adjustment(s) (Non-recurring: -$3,972)

$5,365

$5,365

0

 

Annualization of 1998 -'99 Merit Pay Adjustment(s)

$1,158

$1,158

0

 

1998 - '99 Merit Pay Adjustment(s)

($26,530)

($26,530)

0

 

Attrition Adjustment(s)

($1,440)

($1,440)

0

 

Retirement Rate Adjustment(s)

 

 

 

 

 

$284,948

$284,948

7

 

TOTAL RECOMMENDED

 

 

 

 

 

($25,419)

($25,419)

0

 

DIFFERENCE (TOTAL RECOMMENDATION AND EXISTING OPERATING BUDGET)

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.

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

This program does not have funding for Professional Services for Fiscal Year 1998-1999.

OTHER CHARGES

This program does not have funding for Other Charges for Fiscal Year 1998-1999.

ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS

This program does not have funding for Acquisitions and Major Repairs for Fiscal Year 1998-1999.


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