Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Monday that he has granted seven pardons, two of which were requests from Oakland Council member Nikki Fortunato Bas on behalf of Cambodian Americans facing deportation orders based on old convictions.
Bas made the request on behalf of three Cambodian American men— Kang Hen, Hay Hov, and Roeun Pich, two of whom reside in Oakland. Newsom granted clemency to Kang Hen and Hay Hov.
“By granting these pardons to people who are transforming their lives, the Governor is seeking to remove barriers to employment and public service, restore civic rights and responsibilities and prevent unjust collateral consequences of conviction,” Newsom’s press statement said. “A pardon does not minimize past conduct; it recognizes a person’s subsequent progress and accomplishments. A pardon does not expunge or erase the conviction.”
Kang Hen was convicted of grand theft robbery and served one year, one month in prison, and three years on parole. Hay Hov was convicted of soliciting to commit murder and for being in a gang. Gov. Newsom said in both pardons that each man has demonstrated he is living an upright life, and that deportation and separation from family would be additional punishment for a crime for which each has already served time for.
Jeffrey James Allen (possessing marijuana for sale), David Paul Ingram (forgery), Joe Dick Rector (driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs), Reza Soltani, and Dolores Ruth Taylor (transporting or selling controlled substance) also received pardons.
People who have been convicted of a crime in California may apply to the Governor for a pardon. Newsom’s letters of pardon are available here.