There have been a large number of pardons being issued in Delaware.
The Wilmington News Journal reports that Governor Jack Markell has issued nearly 16-hundred during his six years in office.
Most of them are for minor offenses.
The governor’s office says that the pardons are important in giving people with criminal records a second chance and not to be stigmatized for the rest of their lives.
But the paper reports that the state does not follow the outcomes of those who have been given a pardon.
The pardons also note that the offender has been forgiven for his crime but that the conviction has not been expunged.