Bryant says he favors limits on pardons

By Emily Wagster Pettus/The Associated Press

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Gov. Phil Bryant says he favors says some sort of limits on gubernatorial pardon powers.

The Republican told reporters Tuesday that, for example, he might favor a constitutional amendment that would allow a governor to singlehandedly grant pardons only in cases in which there’s clear evidence of innocence.

Otherwise, he said, it might be best to have a board review pardon requests and make recommendations.

Bryant, a deputy sheriff before entering politics, says he’s felt that way for years.

Lawmakers are considering changing the pardon process after former Gov. Haley Barbour granted reprieves for more than 200 people, though most of them had already been out of jail.