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Gov. Jerry Brown Grants Dozens of Pardons — Including 3 for Immigrants Facing Deportation

Phal Sok, left, rides the Metro Blue Line train to visit with his brother in 2017. Sok is among those pardoned by Gov. Jerry Brown on Aug. 17, 2018. (Credit: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)

Phal Sok, left, rides the Metro Blue Line train to visit with his brother in 2017. Sok is among those pardoned by Gov. Jerry Brown on Aug. 17, 2018. (Credit: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)

California Gov. Jerry Brown announced Friday that he has issued pardons to 36 people, including three immigrants with criminal records who face possible deportation.

Brown also issued 31 sentence commutations for current inmates.

The governor has stepped up a focus on immigrants at risk of deportation in recent rounds of pardons since President Trump took office, while the federal government has increased arrests and detentions of immigrants who are in the country illegally. A pardon can be key for someone hoping to avoid deportation.

Among those who Brown pardoned is Phal Sok, who was featured in a Los Angeles Times story in March 2017. Sok, a Cambodian, was brought to the U.S. when he was a year old. At 17, he was convicted of three felony counts of armed robbery after he and his friends held up a mom-and-pop sewing shop. He served 15 years in prison on a 23-year sentence before he was released under an initiative meant to aid juvenile offenders.

Read the full story on LATimes.com.