Marriam Oliver was denied clemency this week after spending 12 years of a 22-year sentence in prison for a crime she committed as a child. She was 14 years old at the time of her crime. She is now 26.
At the heart of clemency is forgiveness and mercy, and the clemency and pardons board unanimously agreed that Marriam deserved mercy. She deserved to be given an opportunity to reintegrate back into community. The Governor denied her this opportunity.
Today, the United States has the highest incarceration rate of any country in the world. And we are failing our citizens. This …