STRENGTH – Governor Wanda Vázquez Garced reported Thursday that she granted 31 executive clemency, including 19 total pardons for people who are no longer convicted. Most of these are people who have already served their sentence, so that they can request to have a clean record. In other cases, they are people who have been in the free community for some time, fulfilling all the conditions imposed by the Parole Board in a satisfactory manner.
Although typically an ex-convict can clear his record after five years of serving the sentence, in many of these cases people have demonstrated their desire to improve by completing university degrees or finding themselves already reintegrated into the world of work. In this way, this process is accelerated.
The first executive also granted three commutations to the minimum so that these people can be evaluated by the Board of Parole, and granted nine conditional pardons.
“These actions were carefully and responsibly evaluated, complying with our constitutional authority, and with the benefit of having the perspective from the different positions that I have held in the Puerto Rico justice system. I firmly believe in law and order and that every action carries consequences, but I also know that many people have the opportunity and the commitment to rehabilitate and improve themselves, and that is the opportunity that I give them today. After several days carefully evaluating all the requests, and holding meetings with my team and the president of the Parole Board, I have decided that these cases are worthy of an opportunity to demonstrate their rehabilitation, “said the first executive in written communication.
Among the clemency granted, Ashley M. Torres Feliciano stands out in the form of conditional pardon. Torres Feliciano had been sentenced to 111 years in prison.
“After a thorough analysis of the circumstances of her case, I grant Ashley Marie Torres Feliciano a conditional pardon for a term of ten years from the date of signature of this pardon,” the document highlights, adding that it must remain in your residence under house arrest for one year electronically monitored, so that you can adjust to life outside of jail, and then you must comply with being in your residence from 9:00 pm to 6:00 am, as well as not committing a crime or using controlled substances, among other conditions. Once the conditions are met, he could clear his record.
Likewise, to Sharelys López Pérez, who on July 30, 2013 was sentenced to serve 15 years in prison, the first executive granted a conditional pardon for a term of five years, fulfilling restrictions that include being in her residence from 9:00 pm to 6:00 am, among others that, if not complied with, the pardon would be revoked.
The governor also granted executive clemency under the modality of conditional pardon to Edwin Domínguez Torres, who had been sentenced to eight years and one day in jail. Clemency is four years with various conditions, such as not communicating, addressing or interacting, directly or indirectly, or by any means of communication or electronic, with the injured parties or with their families, and remain under house arrest for a term of two years, among other restrictions. Noting that any violation of the conditions would result in the revocation of the conditional pardon.
In addition to these clemencies granted, the governor included nine total pardons that were a correction to conditional pardons granted by former governor Alejandro García Padilla and that lacked the necessary language so that once the conditions imposed were met, it was clarified that it would become a full pardon. On this matter, the Parole Board had received a letter from the former president requesting the arrangement so that these people could already have their record clean.