Unremarkable routine decision-making seems to characterize the granting of most clemencies in Alaska until the middle 1970s.
There are other reasonable explanations for this decline in clemencies related to the death penalty.
See ORTIZ, supra note 54, at 4 (calculating a ratio of clemencies
to executions throughout the United States, in Texas, Missouri, and Oklahoma).
According to Breslin and Howley (2002), historically, executive clemencies were considered common and routinely granted in up to 50 percent of all cases prior to 1967.
George Ryan of all 171 death row inmates in January, there have been 53 death row clemencies since 1976 for humanitarian reasons as opposed to exonerations due to DNA testing or other means such as new evidence (Death Penalty Information Center, 2002).
From 1989 to 2000, 50 people were scheduled for execution and filed petitions with the governor, who granted three of them stays and two of them clemencies
, including one of the three granted a stay.
themselves are rare, about one or two a year since the death penalty was restored in the United States,'' he said.