- Associated Press - Friday, January 13, 2012

RIDGELAND, Miss. (AP) — Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour says he’s “very comfortable” with his decision to grant pardons or other clemency to more than 200 people, including convicted murders, in his last days in office.

Barbour said Friday during his first interview on the pardons that nearly 190 of the people who got pardons or other reprieves had already been released from prison.

Barbour said only 10 have been or will be fully released from prison. Barbour said it’s a tradition in Mississippi for governors to free the trusties who worked at the Governor’s Mansion. Four killers freed Sunday were trusties. He said corrections officials pick those people, who are usually men convicted of crimes of passion.

Barbour said he’s “fully confident the pardons and other clemency I have given are all valid.”