Gov. Ted Strickland has reviewed requests for clemency from about 300 inmates or former inmates who've requested it. Most of the applications were denied. Strickland says he and his top advisors have spent more than a thousand hours, reviewing each and every case.
Strickland denied 218 requests but granted a pardon in 68 cases. Those who are granted pardons are given complete forgiveness of the crimes and absolved of the legal consequences that go along with them. The Governor also granted commutations in 10 cases. Those who have been given commutations are given lesser punishment for their crimes. One inmate convicted of murder was granted a commutation and will be released from prison immediately. Gov. Strickland says the judge who sentenced the inmate to prison thought he was incarcerated for a crime he didn't likely commit.