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Massachusetts Gov. Healey recommends 7 pardons halfway through first year in office

Gov. Maura Healy on Thursday recommended amnesty for seven people, an unusual move for a Massachusetts governor who is just five months into his first term.

In recent decades, governors typically waited until near the end of their term to make similar recommendations.

Former Attorney General Healy said the seven had been fully tested.

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“I am a deep believer in our nation’s justice system and in the important work of making it fairer and more equitable for all citizens,” Healy said on the state capitol. “If justice is delayed, justice may be denied.”

Healy said the seven were convicted years ago when they were young, accepted responsibility, and have been upholding the law for decades. Crimes range from drug possession to assault to trespassing.

Healy said past convictions prevent individuals from moving on fully.

“These men and women have carried the burden of convictions and have dealt with consequences well beyond the statutory sentence,” she said. “They deserve pity and it is right to forgive them.”

Democratic Massachusetts Governor Maura Healy on Thursday recommended seven pardons for convicted criminals. (AP Photo/Steve LeBlanc)

The amnesty must be approved by an eight-member council of governors.

Healy said the administration was working to revise amnesty guidelines to take into account factors such as racial disparities and the brain development of young people, and said the amnesty would provide an opportunity to “soften the toughest parts” of the criminal justice system. added to provide.

One of the persons recommended for pardon was Glendon King. In 1992, at the age of 30, King was convicted of multiple drug charges. He served in the United States Army and Army National Guard before enlisting in the Boston Fire Department.

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King Jr. said he succumbed to peer pressure in the process leading up to his conviction.

“Unfortunately it was the wrong decision and I regret it to this day,” he said. “There is a right way and a wrong way.

Terrence Williams, who got into an argument with a friend when he was 15 and was convicted of assault and assault with a dangerous weapon in 1984, said his friend is still a friend. He has worked for the Boston Water and Sewer Commission for the past 30 years, but has been denied employment with his private security firm.

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“We were just having fun at school,” he said. “39 years later, I am here with a pardon.”

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