The answer to the question is: a politician. For some reason I can’t understand, we give state governors the right to pardon anyone they like, for any reason they like. This is insane!
I think it’s pretty well accepted that politicians aren’t any wiser than the general public, or fairer, or more honest. Heck, look at this case, where a governor pardons a killer in exchange for money, and a child rapist because he figures he was smarter than 12 jurors. Or look at the partisanship in the Trump impeachment; there’s not a shred of honesty involved in half the politicians! A politician’s only special skill is the skill to be elected. Why then should we allow state governors or cheeto-head presidents to let criminals out of jail? It’s crazy. There should be some oversight, like a parole board. I’m not suggesting that they aren’t capable people; most are. So is my postal carrier, the local librarian, and the guy who put in my new septic tank. But why should we trust any governor or president to do this very special thing?