But an individual policy by an individual governor is not be the best way to address the issue.
Barbour is still facing a firestorm of criticism in the wake of granting clemency to more than 200 criminals as he left the Governor’s Mansion.
The issue has overshadowed the first days of Gov. Bryant’s administration which normally are something of a honeymoon for a new governor.
Instead, Bryant, who was sworn in to office last Tuesday, had the spotlight on his inauguration diverted by the news of the pardons the next day. He has now had to repudiate the trusty policy, and is “working towards phasing out” the use of any violent offenders at the mansion, according to his spokesperson Mick Bullock.
“The day Phil Bryant was sworn in, the Mansion trusty program ended in its antiquated 50-year-old form,” Bullock said.
It’s a safe bet those words will be remembered when Bryant leaves office, if any pardons are issued.
- Bryant’s first move as Governor: End the trusty program. (mississippipep.wordpress.com)
- Governor Bryant supports constitutional amendment to tighten pardon rules. (mississippipep.wordpress.com)
- What they’re writing about Barbour, part II (mpainkblots.wordpress.com)
- In 2 terms, Barbour lets 8 killers go free – Jackson Clarion Ledger (clarionledger.com)
- Controversy puts Mississippi’s long-standing ‘trusty’ program in spotlight – CNN (edition.cnn.com)
- Pardon No More? Mississippi’s New Governor Eyes Tougher Rules for Clemency – ABC News (abcnews.go.com)
- Bryant supports reducing governor’s clemency powers (mississippipep.wordpress.com)
- Barbour Rides Wave of Pardons Out of Office (politicalwire.com)