Sentence Commutation: How To Receive Sentencing Relief

What Is A Sentence Commutation? A sentence commutation can be granted by the President of the United States in federal criminal cases or the Governor in state cases. The prisoner must complete a sentence commutation petition before commutation will be considered. The federal government and each state typically have their own version of a sentence commutation form. …

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Clemency Definition – Understanding The Basics

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Except for a few notable instances, clemency primarily lies under the radar. It is often thought of a power reserved for the lame-duck period of a president’s term, but clemency has been and is invoked regularly, most recently by President Donald Trump. Beyond its few controversial uses, it remains a mysterious concept of executive authority.…

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Pardon vs Commutation – What Is The Difference?

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Article II, Section 2, Clause 1 of the Constitution of the United States grants the President the power to grant clemency to persons who have committed federal crimes.  Specifically, the clause states that “The President . . . shall have Power to grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offenses against the United States, except in Cases…

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The Legacy of President Obama’s Commutations

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President Obama cemented a legacy when he became the President who granted the most commutations of sentences. This legacy was formed through a policy initiative to increase clemency petitions and to find petitioners who fit a certain mold. A useful part of the clemency power, granted to the President under Article II, Section 1 of…

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Presidential Pardon Rules – The Rulebook For Restoring Your Rights

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Presidential pardon rules are established by the United States Department of Justice. These rules govern how and when the Office of the Pardon Attorney within the White House will evaluate your request for a presidential pardon or clemency. Many people are unaware that the presidential pardon rules are technically not binding on the president’s use…

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