Will he or won’t he?

Outgoing Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick could be poised to sign at least one prison commutation, The Boston Globe reported yesterday. A commutation shortens a person’s sentence but does not expunge the criminal record, whereas a pardon erases a person’s conviction.

Deanne Hamilton is the first person in four years to get an interview regarding a commutation with the Advisory Board of Pardons, writes reporter Maria Cramer.

“I just want my sentence commuted so I can live my life,” she said.

If her sentence is commuted, Hamilton would be the first person in the state in 17 years to receive such an accommodation, according to the article.


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