Liberal Gov. Kate Brown pushes for clemency for people convicted of murder as juveniles

While radically progressive, soft-on-crime district attorneys across the nation are in the crosshairs of controversy as crime spikes in virtually every major U.S. city, there’s another level of the system that could be blamed for allowing criminals back out onto the streets far too early.

Take, for example, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown (D), who has quietly led the charge in giving early release and clemency to a long list of convicted criminals, many of them being murderers and other violent offenders, using the COVID-19 pandemic as a backdrop to justify her decisions. But it’s the extremely quiet release of a number of violent juvenile prisoners that has victims’ families utterly upset. 

According to The Chronicle, Brown made a controversial decision last year to grant clemency to some 72 people who were convicted of varying crimes as juveniles, including murderers, and failed to have the common decency to let many of the family members of their victims know about the plan.

In addition, some 140 people convicted of crimes as juveniles were put on a list of consideration for a full release from behind bars.

Thanks to anonymous sources familiar with the thought process behind the governor’s actions, the decision to begin granting clemency to the convicted juveniles came about in early 2021. Not only were the conversations about the idea kept confidential, but there also weren’t even discussions had with prosecutors in the cases, let alone the families of the victims involved in the various crimes.

Now that the plan has come to light, the litigation process has already begun. The relatives of three individuals killed by teenagers included in the clemency push, along with two prosecutors, have already filed suit, citing Brown’s violation of the law in that she failed to follow the clearcut rules of the clemency procedure, which involves notifying prosecutors in those cases, as well as the victims.

Gladys Camber, who lost her daughter and her future son-in-law in a case that involved the two being taken at gunpoint and ultimately gunned down in a ditch, told the outlet that the release of the people who committed the crime has reopened the scars left from the intense grieving process.

“It made me start the grieving process all over again knowing he was free,” Camber said, adding, “and they are dead.”

Governors of both parties used to tend to shy away from granting clemency and pardons, as there was never much of a political upside to doing so. But now that “criminal justice reform” is the latest woke topic among the radical elements of the Democratic Party, it shouldn’t be surprising to see more liberal governors like Brown make such cold-hearted moves that will only serve to hurt the victims, their families, and the community as a whole.