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Bahamas: Nearly 150 inmates granted clemency

NASSAU, BAHAMAS  — Nearly 150 inmates at the Department of Correctional Services have been granted clemency — the largest group the Prerogative of Mercy Committee has ever considered.

The committee met yesterday and reviewed the requests for clemency of 205 individuals, and two for expungement of records.

“As a result, 147 were approved for clemency, six pending additional reports, one record expunged and 59 deferred to the next meeting in January 2021,” read a statement.

“The group comprised the largest that the Prerogative of Mercy Committee has ever considered.”

In an interview with Eyewitness News yesterday, Rehabilitation of Offenders Committee Chairman Paul Farquharson said the push on social media in the last couple of weeks has resulted in an uptick in applications for record expungement.

“We hope that early in the new year we will have them reviewed once they will full out the application,” he said.

Asked whether he was satisfied that eligible Bahamians were taking advantage of the “second chance”, Farquharson said during the height of the pandemic things slowed, but since The Bahamas largely reopened there has been more movement.

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