Governor Granholm Was Generous With Commutation Power
According to the Blog “Pardon Power,” Governor Granholm was one of the more forgiving governors in recent times. It listed roughly 130 commutations attributable to the Governor. While the final statistics are not out, it appears that she granted roughly thirty pardons as well. A commutation reduces a prison sentence or releases an individual. A pardon undoes the effect of a criminal conviction. For individuals with more than one criminal conviction, a pardon is often the only way to undue the effect of a criminal conviction.