Doyle Pardoned 111 Inmates in Last Few Months
Madison, Wis. (AP) -- Gov. Jim Doyle pardoned 111 people over his last three-and-a-half months in office.
Documents from Doyle's office show he has granted 176 pardons this year alone compared with 149 he granted during his previous seven years in office combined. Most of the recipients were found guilty of small-time offenses years ago, although one was convicted of arson and another of sexual assault.
Doyle spokesman Adam Collins says the governor received more than 1,500 applications this year, more than three times the applications in 2008 and nearly twice as many as last year. Doyle, a Democrat, announced in August 2009 he wouldn't seek a third term.
Doyle on Tuesday also denied requests to commute two prison inmates' sentences for armed robbery. Doyle says they'll be eligible for parole next year.
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