Governor Huckabee proposes changes in clemency policy amid complaints that concerns of victims` families aren`t adequately addressed. Governor Mike Huckabee today proposed changes in the way he grants clemency. He answered complaints from victims` families with a four-pronged proposal detailing his reasons for granting mercy. Huckabee said "the public deserves an explanation for the r The governor said legislators, the attorney general, his parole board and the public should weigh on whether reduced sentences for violent criminals are appropriate. The change was proposed just hours after relatives of murder victims made an emotional plea to involve them in the process. easoning behind each decision." The governor said he was not solely to blame for a parole and clemency system that did not require him to fully disclose his reasons to reduce prison terms. Huckabee said he understands the pain crime victims and their families have endured. He wrote that he understands changes outside of his office are needed. Huckabee also said that, since taking office in 1996, he had deliberately kept the process under wraps. The governor said he wanted to prevent inmates from studying successful applications and tailoring theirs along the same lines. Now, Huckabee said, he realizes greater good is served if a more detailed reason is provided. He said crime victims, their families, the law enforcement community and citizens in general a more detailed explanation. Huckabee denied a series of clemency requests that he already had under consideration. In a statement, Huckabee: --said his office would release a form in each clemency case that gives a reason for any action taken; --called on the state Post-Prison Transfer Board to strengthen its fact-finding process and give more detailed reasons for its recommendations; --urged the Legislature to give subpoena power to the Post-Prison Transfer Board; and --asked the Legislature to review a requirement that the governor take up every clemency request made.