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Clemency Essay

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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 and/or 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 defendant's guilt, questions about the defendant's mental ...view middle of the document...

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' families/friends and government are all challenging clemency. The families are appalled by Ryan's 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.Illinois's new governor Rod Blagojevich said that his against Ryan's 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 Ryan's decision. Who are we to send a human being to their death? I don't understand the system because if you murder someone and you are convicted then we murder you. Two wrongs don't make a right. It's ok for the government to kill someone, but not anyone else? That makes no sense. There might be an innocent inmate on death row and we would never know. An inmate could be there because of lies. Just because you are under oath doesn't mean that people don't go on the stand and lie.

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