Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback says he won’t be granting any of the 37 requests his office has received this year for pardons.
The Kansas constitution gives the governor authority to issue pardons, but they’re not common in the state. Former Gov. Kathleen Sebelius issued only one during her six years in office, in 2009 to a Kansas businessman who couldn’t get into Canada for business because of a drunken driving conviction.
The Lawrence Journal-World reports her successor, Mark Parkinson, issued four pardons during his two years as governor. Of those three were for members of the “Wichita 8,” a group of black men convicted of various robbery charges in 1969 by an all-white Sedgwick County jury.