Gov. Pence hasn’t issued single pardon in 2 years

Gov. Mike Pence talks with the media at the Indiana Republican Party elections results viewing party in Indianapolis Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Mike Pence says he wants Indiana to be a leader in giving criminals who’ve served their time a second chance, but he hasn’t granted a single pardon during his first two years in office.

The conservative Republican says he hasn’t granted any pardons because he has a “heavy bias” for due process of law. Pence tells The Journal Gazette that’s “a high hurdle” for him to cross.

A pardon is executive forgiveness for a crime which removes penalties such as not being able to get a gun license. They’re granted only after at least five years has passed since someone convicted of a crime completes their sentence.

Pardons aren’t the same as commuting a sentence or clemency, where an inmate is released before a sentence is satisfied. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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