National Affairs: Mercy in Michigan

Before it modified its habitual criminal law, Michigan had sent six persons to the penitentiary for life as four-time violators of the State Prohibition Act. Last week Governor Fred Green, as an act of executive mercy, commuted the sentences of five of the six prisoners, to terms of seven-and-a-half-to-15 years. The sixth lifer had already committed suicide.

When, in December 1928, Mrs. Etta Mae Miller, mother of ten, was sent to jail for life for selling two pints of 'shine, there was such public outcry, within and without the State, against the severity of the law that the Legislature last year made...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!