THE PRITZKER CLEMENCY CONUNDRUM

Activists and attorneys have also implored Pritzker to use his powers of clemency, as pardons, commutations, amnesties, and reprieves are the most effective way of getting large numbers of people out of prisons as quickly as possible.

He has used these tools to a certain degree, commuting the sentences of seventeen prisoners since March 11.

In some states in which governors are vested with the same clemency powers as Illinois, governors have used their clemency powers more widely to expedite the release of prisoners from crowded prisons.

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