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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.

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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
April 15, 2014
1 commutation granted
December 19, 2013
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
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
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Deborah Leff
Pardon Attorney
Office of the Pardon Attorney
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