Not since Fidel Castro emptied the prisons of violent criminals along with political dissidents in Cuba in 1980 during what has become known as the Mariel boatlift, have so many undesirables been unleashed on the public by a chief executive as ex-governor Haley Barbour's pardons on the last day of his second term of office.
Somewhere in the neighborhood of 200 convicted felons got a get out of jail free card by the outgoing governor. No doubt some were justified. The former governor says 90% were recommended by the parole board. I doubt that is the case with David Gatlin, the trustee that worked in the governor's mansion who was convicted of killing his wife with a shot to the head while she held their infant daughter in 1993…since he was denied parole just days before being pardoned by the governor.