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Colorado governor pardons parents behind “balloon boy” hoax, 16 others

Gov. Jared Polis on Wednesday commuted the sentences of four people and pardoned 18 others, including the parents behind the infamous 2009 “balloon boy” hoax. Polis said he was pardoning the balloon boy’s parents, Mayumi and Richard Heene, because “we are all ready to move past the spectacle from a decade ago.” “Richard and Mayumi […]

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Colorado governor pardons 2,732 people with convictions for possessing up to one ounce of marijuana

Gov. Jared Polis on Thursday issued an executive order pardoning 2,732 people with low-level marijuana convictions as part of legislation recently passed by the Colorado legislature. The pardons — made in a blanket action and not after individual case considerations — were issued to people convicted of possessing an ounce or less of marijuana. The […]

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Silverman: The criminal justice pendulum is swinging the other direction in Colorado

Jared Polis is no John Hickenlooper. When it comes to criminal justice, Gov. Polis is way less cautious and far more progressive.  An outspoken critic of the War on Drugs, Polis was also at the forefront of cannabis legalization while Hick always seemed conflicted.   What penalty fits what crime? Colorado’s view on proportionality has swung […]

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Gov. Hickenlooper issues 23 more pardons, plans to review about 475 more clemency petitions before leaving office

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper has issued pardons for 23 people determined to have moved past their criminal histories and to be contributing to their communities. Hickenlooper’s clemency decisions were announced Friday. Several cases involved convictions years ago for theft, non-violent drug possession and forgery. The governor’s review of petitions for clemency incorporates input from crime victims, victim […]