Former Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour raised controversy when he pardoned hundreds of convicted criminals as he prepared to leave office.  But freedom for those felons won't come so fast, after a federal judge put a hold on some of the pardons.

FOX News Radio's Jennifer Keiper reports:

After giving reprieves to more than 200 inmates, former Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour learns that 21 of those people won't be released right away.  Some are convicted killers, and Democratic Attorney General Jim Hood says he thinks the Republican Governor wasn't familiar with some of the cases.

(Hood) "We think that he violated the Constitution.  We think we'll be able to prove that."

Barbour says in a statement that the pardons were intended to allow inmates to find employment or get professional licenses, and most were based on the parole board's recommendations.  But many people outraged at the decision to put convicted killers on the streets, even some supporters upset at the move.

Jennifer Keiper, FOX News Radio.

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