JACKSON, Miss. — A South Dakota governor once commuted the sentences of 36 criminals – on the condition they leave his state. In Florida, a convict was told in the 1990s to move to Maryland in order to be set free.
Governors granting early releases have sometimes imposed unusual conditions. But as far as anyone can tell, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour may be the first to require an inmate to give up a kidney to her sister.