By David Siders
dsiders@sacbee.com
Published: Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 – 12:00 am | Page 3A
Last Modified: Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 – 8:01 am

Gov. Jerry Brown was in a forgiving state of mind last year.

The Democratic governor pardoned 128 convicted criminals in 2012, six times the number of pardons he granted the previous year, according to a report Brown made to the Legislature on Friday.

Many of the convictions carried no prison sentences. Others resulted in sentences, but those pardoned had been discharged from prison or parole many years ago.

In 2011, Brown issued 21 pardons. Even that number was more than any governor had granted for years. Brown’s predecessor, Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, commuted 10 sentences during his tenure and pardoned just 16 people.

Schwarzenegger’s predecessor, Democrat Gray Davis, granted no pardons.

Most of the people Brown pardoned in 2012 were convicted of drug or property crimes, though he also pardoned people convicted of manslaughter, assault with a deadly weapon and statutory rape.

Most of the pardons – 79 of them – were announced on Christmas Eve.

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