Gov. Hickenlooper pardons 22 criminal offenders; names released

DENVER -- Gov. John Hickenlooper has pardoned 22 individuals for crimes committed in the state within the past several years.

The governor received more than 470 applications and said he spent about 50 hours reviewing various applications and each victim, if there was one, was made aware.

There were no offenders guilty of major crimes such as murder or domestic violence.

"These are 22 people who at one time in Colorado did something that forever changed their lives the consequences have kept them from advancing at work, at renting an apartment, walking into a job interview and getting a fair shot. It's gotten in the way of them what they consider more meaningful lives," Hickenlooper said at a news conference.

There is one armed robbery and several marijuana possessions -- in some cases from decades ago. Marijuana is now legal in the state.

Each of the individuals pardoned pleaded guilty initially and the governor said each one turned their life around in a meaningful way that warranted a pardon.