JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - Those with criminal records, who want leniency or forgiveness for their legal troubles, have sent pleas for a fresh start to Alaska's parole board for years, hoping to get the attention of the state's governor.
But for more than a decade and through three Alaska governors, those clemency requests have sat in limbo, as the state wrestled with establishing a review process.
This followed fallout from pardons by former Gov. Frank Murkowski that turned the normally compassionate act of pardons into a thornier proposition.
Now, Gov. Bill Walker has laid out the review process for applicants he plans to use, which tracks with a 2007 law intended to mitigate what lawmakers then saw as errors committed by Murkowski.