In an era when public sentiment and policy have shifted away from the zero-tolerance attitudes of the 1980s and 1990s, Mr. O'Malley remained remarkably stingy with his power to alter sentences or even wipe out convictions no matter the circumstances. As The Sun's Justin Fenton reported last month, during his eight years as governor he rejected nearly 1,300 petitions for leniency, including many from people convicted of relatively minor, nonviolent offenses committed decades ago. Over the past three years Mr. O'Malley has granted a total of just 133 pardons, and during his first five years in office he granted only 13. That record that stands in sharp contrast to those of governors in other states, who have pardoned thousands of people over the same period. And it's not a partisan issue: Both Democrats and Republicans have embraced the policy.