The effect of legal and extra-legal variables on the recommending and granting of a pardon

Thomas Austin, Don Hummer

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Abstract

A familiar but little studied area of criminal justice is that of pardons. Using data from the Pennsylvania Board of Pardons, the decision-making process is examined to determine the degree of correspondence between the board’s recommendation and the governor’s decision to grant or deny a pardon. Included in the analysis is an assessment of the relative impact of legal and extra-legal variables on the decision-making process. The paper concludes with a discussion on the dynamics of the process, including why some individuals are more likely than others to be granted a pardon, and the implications the findings have for both policy and theory development.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)49-65
Number of pages17
JournalLaw and Policy
Volume22
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2000

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Law

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