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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Presidential Pardon Of Turkey – The Tradition Explained

Turkey Pardon

  Every year the President pardons two turkeys, allowing them to live their lives free from the fear of being someone’s Thanksgiving dinner. But when did this turkey pardon tradition begin? Clemency is an act of mercy or leniency. The President of the United States possesses this clemency power, given to him or her by…

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What’s Clemency?

what's clemency

To grant clemency is to give mercy, to forgive. When we speak of an executive’s official power to grant clemency, be it a president or governor, the core of that executive power is to allow the executive to show leniency or mercy. Indeed, it is said to be an act of grace that is based…

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Obama’s Clemency Statistics

Obama Clemency

While President Obama left an executive clemency legacy, it is important to look at the breakdown of this legacy compared to former presidents. The Obama Administration President Obama left a legacy in regards to his exercise of executive clemency. From the start of his term, he stated that mercy and clemency were at the forefront…

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Clemency Letter

Clemency Letter

Every individual who desires clemency must petition either the President or the governor of their state through the vehicle of a clemency letter. This letter can be the most important document these individuals will ever write.   The Clemency Letter   The clemency letter is more than a letter. Petitioning clemency to either the President…

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Clemency Project and Clemency Initiative

Clemency Project, Clemency Initiative

The Clemency Project formed in response to President Obama’s Clemency Initiative. The Clemency Project played a crucial role in providing assistance for thousands of clemency petitioners where were incarcerated in federal prisons. On April 23, 2014, the Obama administration announced a change. Instead of the stringent practices of former administrations regarding clemency, both Republican and…

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What is a Pardon?

What is a Pardon Image

Introduction – What is a Pardon? There is probably no better time than now to ask the question – What is a pardon? Since the time President Trump won the Electoral College to become President, rarely has there been a day when the news did not mention the investigation into the Trump campaign’s collusion with…

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Pardons by Presidents – A Look Into History

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The controversial pardon by President Donald Trump of Sheriff Joe Arpaio in August 2017 — and Trump’s recent musings on whether he has the power to pardon himself in the face of an ongoing investigation of his presidential campaign — has understandably sparked commentators to look anew at the presidential power to pardon. Indeed, the…

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