Governor grants clemency to 3 incarcerated Hoosiers

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb has granted clemency to three Indiana prisoners who have terminal health conditions.

The three men will be released to the supervision of the Indiana Parole Board, which recommended the clemencies, and will serve the remainder of their lives at a skilled nursing home under the state’s care. In all three cases, the offenders require 24-hour care and are bedridden.

Two of the men, Alphonzo Griffin and Jerome Maclin, are being held at the Miami Correctional Facility while the third, Charles Calhoun, is at the Westville Correctional Facility.

Griffin, 67, was convicted in 2003 in St. Joseph Superior Court of robbery causing serious bodily injury and was sentenced to 50 years of imprisonment. In 2014, he suffered a significant stroke.

Maclin, who has a life sentence, is currently 70 and has been incarcerated for 45 years after being convicted in 1978 in Lake Superior Court of rape and kidnapping. He suffered a gunshot wound in 1985 that rendered him a paraplegic and has since suffered from cognitive deficits and other comorbid conditions.

Calhoun, who was convicted of murder in 1982 in Lake Superior Court and was sentenced to 80 years, suffers from dementia. The 83-year-old has served 40 years.

“I granted the medical clemencies after a great deal of research and consideration,” Holcomb said in a statement. “These men are no longer a threat to society, and it’s been determined they are better cared for at a skilled nursing home.”

Prior to Thursday’s announcement, Holcomb hadn’t granted a clemency since becoming governor in 2016.

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