In response to criticism about the pardons, former Gov. Haley Barbour released a statement from his office Wednesday evening that said 189 of the 215 people pardoned were already out of prison.
“My decision about clemency was based upon the recommendation of the Parole Board in more than 90 percent of the cases,” the statement said.
The statement, reported by WTVA of Tupelo, went on to say 13 of the 26 inmates released from custody cost the state a lot of money due to their medical expenses and can be returned to custody if they commit another crime.
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