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Bay Area felons among dozens to receive governor's pardon on Easter weekend

On the day before Easter, Gov. Jerry Brown issued full pardons to 65 convicts who have "demonstrated exemplary behavior" since being released from prison.

Nearly a dozen Bay Area felons were among those pardoned who will have their full rights as citizens restored, including the right to vote,

according to documents released by the governor's office on Saturday.

"Obtaining a pardon is a distinct achievement based on proof of a productive and law-abiding life following conviction," a statement from the

governor's office said.

Eleven Bay Area men and women from Santa Clara, Contra Costa, Alameda, Solano, and Sonoma counties were granted gubernatorial pardons over

the weekend.

Their past crimes included drug possession, drug sales, robbery and vehicular manslaughter, according to the governor's office.

All individuals granted pardons have completed their sentences and were released from custody without criminal activity for more than a decade.

Brown granted 128 pardons in 2012, up from 21 his first year in office, and surpassing the 16 pardons and 10 commuted sentences signed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, the Los Angeles Times reported. Seventy-nine of Brown's 2012 pardons were announced on Christmas Eve.

Gov. Brown spent four years in a Jesuit seminary as a young man, studying to be a Catholic priest.

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