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Gov. Brown grants 63 pardons just in time for Easter

California Gov. Jerry Brown.

Governor Brown on Friday announced he'll be granting pardons to 63 pardons former felons, one of which committed an auto theft crime in 1959. Most of the other crimes were drug-related. 

Pardoning during the holidays has become a tradition in the Brown office. On the Eve of Easter last year, Brown pardoned 65 felons. Before Christmas of 2013, he pardoned 127.

The individuals granted pardons all completed their sentences and have been released from custody for more than a decade without further criminal activity, according to a press release from Governor Brown's office.
Individuals who have been convicted of a crime in California may apply to the Governor for a pardon. Most applicants for a pardon have obtained a Certificate of Rehabilitation, which is an order from a superior court declaring that a person convicted of a crime is now rehabilitated. 

Copies of all 63 gubernatorial pardons can be found here.