04/26/2013 06:23 pm ET

Advocate To Walk 600 Miles For Innocent People Locked Up In California Prisons


Clemency is a failsafe for system failure. It’s a power held by governors and presidents to fix mistakes, to clean up when the courts get it wrong and convict and incarcerate the innocent, or over-sentence the guilty. Ideally, clemency is a tool where the poor and powerless can fight back against an overwhelming, all-powerful judicial system.

That’s the idealistic view. Clemency is more often used for political gain and/or for those lucky enough or wealthy enough to get access to the presidents and governors who hold the power.


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