Capital Punishment Clemency
Since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976, hundreds of death row inmates have been granted clemency for humanitarian reasons. Humanitarian reasons include doubts about the defendant’s guilt and conclusions by the governor regarding the death penalty process. Since 1976, there have been five broad grants of clemency to death row inmates.
The list of governors who issued broad grants of clemency includes former governors Pat Quinn of Illinois in 2011 (all inmates), Jon Corzine of New Jersey in 2007 (all inmates), George Ryan of Illinois in 2003 (all inmates), Richard Celeste of Ohio in 1991 (8 inmates), and Toney Anaya of New Mexico in 1986 (all inmates).