Haley Barbour Pardons Nearly 200, Including Killers, In Final Days As Mississippi Governor

Source: AP / The Washington Post

JACKSON, Miss. — In his final days as Mississippi governor, Republican Haley Barbour gave pardons or early release to nearly 200 people, including more than two dozen whose crimes were listed as murder, manslaughter or homicide.

State records released Tuesday show some of the convicted killers were pardoned, while others were given medical or conditional releases. Barbour had released five other convicted killers in 2008. One of them had been granted a conditional release and was pardoned this time.

Relatives of crime victims had voiced outrage Monday after it was revealed that Barbour had pardoned four convicted murderers. Those men had worked at the Governor’s Mansion as part of a prison trusty program.

The Mississippi Secretary of State’s Office released a complete list of pardons and other executive actions Tuesday, Barbour’ last day. He had served two terms and couldn’t run again due to term limits.

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