A man who spent two decades in prison for a crime he did not commit is among Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s choices for the Board of Pardons and Paroles, one of four judicial and five board nominations announced Wednesday.
Kenneth Ireland of New Britain, who was exonerated in 2009 in the rape and murder of Barbara Pelkey, was named to a full-time post on the Board of Pardons and Paroles, a panel composed of full- and part-time members. After DNA evidence cleared Ireland, another man was arrested and convicted of the crime.
“Ken Ireland is a man of extraordinary character, who endured the unimaginable pain of nearly twenty years of wrongful incarceration and yet is not only without bitterness, but is incredibly thoughtful, insightful, and committed to public safety and public service,” Malloy said. “By long experience, Ken Ireland is intimately familiar with the criminal justice system and knows better than most that there are individuals who deserve to be in prison, and there are individuals whom society should give another chance, and I believe that he will take very, very seriously the responsibility of making those judgments.”