Colorado Governor Jared Polis announced today that he is recreating and reorganizing the Governor's Executive Clemency Advisory Board. This Board will review clemency applications and provide recommendations to the Governor for commutations and pardons.
"Clemency is a heavy responsibility. While it is no substitute for reforming the criminal justice system, it is a power that can help transform an individual's life and I do not take it lightly. That is why I have chosen this group of Coloradans with unique backgrounds who understand the role of the criminal justice system, and are able to determine when an individual is ready to move beyond his or her criminal history," said Governor Polis.
The Board will hold its first meeting in the next few months in order to begin reviewing clemency applications.
Members of the board include:
- Dean Richard Williams of Colorado Springs, Colorado, to serve as the Executive Director of the Department of Corrections;
- Stan Hilkey of Arvada, Colorado, to serve as the Executive Director of the Department of Public Safety;
- Kelly Marie Kissell of Castle Rock, Colorado, to serve as a representative of victims' rights;
- Hassan Abd'al Latif of Aurora, Colorado, to serve as a representative of defendants' rights;
- Hannah Seigel Proff, J.D., of Denver, Colorado, to serve as a member with experience in juvenile justice and/or child welfare;
- Dr. Patrick Kevin Fox of Denver, Colorado, to serve as a member with experience in mental health;
- Alberto Manuel Dominguez, J.D., of Windsor, Colorado, to serve as a member with experience in law enforcement;
- Hans Christopher Meyer, J.D., of Denver, Colorado, to serve as a member-at-large;
- Rabbi Dr. Tirzah Firestone Friedman of Longmont, Colorado to serve as a member-at-large.
Terms expire on October 17, 2023.