Commutation

Tennessee Gov. Grants 23 Clemency Requests on Last Day in Office

Tennessee Clemency

On his last day in office, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam granted executive clemency to 23 people. The essential purpose, Haslam said in a written statement, was to better allow people with convictions to have another chance to become contributing members of society.   Tennessee Clemency: Gov. Haslam’s Position   “These individuals receiving pardons have made…

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Colorado Gov. Squeezes 33 More Clemencies on Last Day in Office

Colorado Clemency

Only a week after Colorado’s Governor John Hickenlooper granted clemency for six Colorado offenders, he ordered clemency for 33 others. This brings his total to 156 pardons and 18 commutations during his eight years in office.   Timing of Colorado Clemency Grants   Clemencies are often issued in December, as were Hickenlooper’s, perhaps because the…

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Presidential Clemency

Presidential Clemency

The presidential clemency power is one of the most powerful tools a President can use. The presidential clemency power can be used for mercy and to instigate policy change. Clemency is defined as mercy or leniency. The presidential clemency power the President of the United States holds is extremely broad and powerful. Many powers the…

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Executive Clemency

Executive Clemency

The executive clemency power is an extremely broad and powerful ability of a President and a governor. This power can be used to promote policies and to render mercy. Article 2, Section II of the Constitution states: “The President…shall have power to grant reprieves and pardons for offenses against the United States, except in cases…

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Presidential Clemency Authority: What You Need to Know

Presidential Clemency Authority

Philip Vigol. Robert E. Lee. David Brown. John Fremont. Pierre Lafitte. Al Jennings. Samuel Mudd. Marc Rich. Patty Hearst. Jimmy Hoffa. Who were these people? Some of their names may be familiar to you, others completely unknown. They lived in different times, and were accused of or committed different crimes: treason, sedition, murder, bank robbery,…

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What You Need To Know About The Pardon Attorney Office

Clemency By the Numbers

Clemency is a difficult process on both ends. It’s difficult for applicants to get recognized by the President. And for the President, it is nearly impossible to consider each and every clemency petition. The Pardon Attorney Office exists for these reasons. The Office helps the clemency application and approval process. While the President has exclusive…

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What Does “Commutation of a Sentence” Mean?

Commutation of a Sentence

Both governors and president possess the power to commute a prison sentence. This clemency power can be used to make a statement about criminal justice reform and to show mercy.  Commutation of a sentence means a reduction in punishment.  Typically, a commutation lessens a prison sentence, but it can also reduce court-ordered fines.  A commuted…

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Clemency by the Numbers

Clemency By the Numbers

Clemency statistics are now widely kept by the Justice Department and can be easily analyzed. It is useful to look at the numbers to determine how a president used his clemency power. Office of the Pardon Attorney The Office of the Pardon Attorney, under the purview of the Department of Justice, is the office that…

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