Office of the Pardon Attorney

Office of the Pardon Attorney

DOJ Main Building

Meet the Director

Meet the Pardon Attorney

Deborah Leff
Pardon Attorney

Deborah Leff was appointed Pardon Attorney at the United States Department of Justice on November 2, 2014, having served as Acting Pardon Attorney since April 30, 2014.

Mission

The Office of the Pardon Attorney assists the President in the exercise of executive clemency. Under the Constitution, the President's clemency power extends only to federal criminal offenses. All requests for executive clemency for federal offenses are directed to the Pardon Attorney for investigation and review. The Pardon Attorney prepares the Department's recommendation to the President for final disposition of each application. Executive clemency may take several forms, including pardon, commutation of sentence, remission of fine or restitution, and reprieve.

Presidential Clemency Action During The Obama Administration

July 13, 2015
46 commutations granted
 
March 31, 2015
 

December 17, 2014

142 pardons and 782 commutations denied
 
December 15, 2014
3 commutations granted
 

April 15, 2014
1 commutation granted

December 19, 2013
13 pardons and 8 commutations granted
154 pardons and 1226 commutations denied

March 1, 2013
17 pardons granted
 
February 28, 2013
314 pardons and 1577 commutations denied
November 21, 2011
 

November 19, 2011

147 pardons and 689 commutations denied
 
May 20, 2011
8 pardons granted
 
May 14, 2011
741 pardons and 1947 commutations denied
 
December 3, 2010
 
November 23, 2010
60 pardons and 552 commutations denied
 
October 11, 2010
71 pardons and 605 commutations denied
 
 
General Information
Leadership 

Deborah Leff
Pardon Attorney

Contact 

Office of the Pardon Attorney
Attorney 202-616-6070