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Clemency Statistics

William McKinley | Theodore Roosevelt | William H. Taft | Woodrow Wilson | Warren Harding | Calvin Coolidge |
Herbert Hoover | Franklin D. Roosevelt | Harry S. Truman | Dwight D. Eisenhower | John F. Kennedy | Lyndon B. Johnson | Richard M. Nixon | Gerald R. Ford | Jimmy Carter | Ronald Reagan | George H.W. Bush | William J. Clinton | George W. Bush | Barack Obama

William McKinley

Fiscal Year Petitions
Pending
Petitions
Received
Petitions Granted Petitions
Denied
Closed
Without
Presidential
Action
Pardon Commutation Respite Remission
1900 68 677 129 73 4 14 131 332
1901 45 796 162 50 2 12 117 448

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Theodore Roosevelt

Fiscal Year Petitions
Pending
Petitions
Received
Petitions Granted Petitions
Denied
Closed
Without
Presidential
Action
Pardon Commutation Respite Remission
1902 50 738 92 36 0 6 181 366
1903 107 543 70 57 0 7 131 316
1904 69 585 87 62 2 11 122 278
1905 90 574 109 52 0 4 119 278
1906 76 627 96 52 1 5 124 363
1907 81 523 71 30 4 10 116 272
1908 49 460 53 22 1 8 56 235
1909 134 463 90 52 1 8 79 220

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William Taft

Fiscal Year Petitions
Pending
Petitions
Received
Petitions Granted Petitions
Denied
Closed
Without
Presidential
Action
Pardon Commutation Respite Remission
1910 147 645 111 119 1 24 139 290
1911 108 393 82 64 2 14 84 163
1912 92 412 108 78 2 18 55 173
1913 70 661 82 100 10 16 75 324

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Woodrow Wilson

Fiscal Year Petitions
Pending
Petitions
Received
Petitions Granted Petitions
Denied
Closed
Without
Presidential
Action
Pardon Commutation Respite Remission
1914 124 664 104 116 1 28 102 345
1915 92 662 78 86 12 10 101 309
1916 158 889 116 107 30 16 109 436
1917 233 938 182 96 43 7 31 510
1918 302 934 119 94 29 14 140 640
1919 200 1,115 116 262 19 18 50 576
1920 274 1,028 198 341 57 43 25 440
1921 198 1,224 174 264 35 12 156 578

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Warren Harding

Fiscal Year Petitions
Pending
Petitions
Received
Petitions Granted Petitions
Denied
Closed
Without
Presidential
Action
Pardon Commutation Respite Remission
1922 208 1,144 162 187 28 13 182 536
1923 244 1,317 138 199 20 26 306 758

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Calvin Coolidge

Fiscal Year Petitions
Pending
Petitions
Received
Petitions Granted Petitions
Denied
Closed
Without
Presidential
Action
Pardon Commutation Respite Remission
1924 114 1,515 105 120 11 11 264 897
1925 221 1,568 182 96 0 11 266 1,017
1926 227 1,209 127 96 2 19 241 755
1927 196 949 89 110 2 20 161 633
1928 130 1,261 110 172 4 36 119 706
1929 244 1,544 160 179 0 29 148 1,082

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Herbert Hoover

Fiscal Year Petitions
Pending
Petitions
Received
Petitions Granted Petitions
Denied
Closed
Without
Presidential
Action
Pardon Commutation Respite Remission
1930 190 1,141 121 85 1 14 129 783
1931 198 1,195 163 114 0 31 113 785
1932 187 1,203 189 137 0 39 115 699
1933 211 1,235 199 69 0 36 60 686

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Franklin D. Roosevelt

Fiscal Year Petitions
Pending
Petitions
Received
Petitions Granted Petitions
Denied
Closed
Without
Presidential
Action
Pardon Commutation Respite Remission
1934 397 1,061 114 53 2 35 192 662
1935 400 1,407 211 36 3 61 184 757
1936 555 944 154 183 4 49 325 455
1937 329 1,080 192 37 3 59 137 653
1938 328 1,287 219 28 0 92 160 797
1939 319 1,215 172 32 0 40 139 729
1940 422 1,293 242 31 0 40 104 791
1941 510 1,367 178 15 0 18 74 910
1942 682 1,272 305 21 0 51 55 599
1943 923 1,019 332 17 0 10 55 748
1944 780 781 424 10 0 10 60 586
1945 471 815 276 25 0 12 29 506

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Harry S. Truman

Fiscal Year Petitions
Pending
Petitions
Received
Petitions Granted Petitions Denied or
Closed Without
Presidential Action
Pardon Commutation Remission
1945 (2.5 mos) 479 201 98 9 2 133
1946 438 977 279 28 3 570
1947 535 779 308 13 2 483
1948 508 657 178 15 0 411
1949 561 638 178 17 1 313
1950 690 504 400 14 3 338
1951 439 467 189 10 1 228
1952 478 477 192 6 0 214
1953 (6.5 mos) 543 330 91 6 1 197
Total (93 mos.)   5,030 1,913 118 13 2,887

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Dwight D. Eisenhower

Fiscal Year Petitions
Pending
Petitions
Received
Petitions Granted Petitions Denied or
Closed Without
Presidential Action
Pardon Commutation Remission
1953 (5.5 mos.) 578 269 6 1 0 159
1954 681 461 55 7 0 348
1955 732 662 59 4 0 684
1956 647 585 192 9 0 568
1957 463 585 232 4 0 443
1958 369 406 98 6 0 302
1959 369 434 117 2 0 286
1960 398 437 149 5 0 244
1961 (6.5 mos.) 437 261 202 9 0 145
Total (96 mos.)   4,100 1,110 47 0 3,179

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John F. Kennedy

Fiscal Year Petitions
Pending
Petitions
Received
Petitions Granted Petitions Denied or
Closed Without
Presidential Action
Pardon Commutation Remission
1961 (5.5 mos.) 342 220 24 9 0 121
1962 408 595 166 16 0 315
1963 506 592 133 43 2 233
1964 (4.5 mos.) 687 342 149 32 1 162
Total (34 mos.)   1,749 472 100 3 831

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Lyndon B. Johnson

Fiscal Year Petitions
Pending
Petitions
Received
Petitions
Granted
Petitions Denied
or Closed
Without
Presidential Action
P C P C P C R P C
1964 (7.5 mos.) 685 579 166 40 0 275
1965 783 1,008 195 80 0 569
1966 947 865 364 80 1 726
1967 532 109 419 444 222 23 0 147 373
1968 582 157 409 340 13 3 0 106 309
1969 (6.5 mos.) 872 185 278 195 0 0 0 129 196
Total (62 mos.)   4,537 960 226 1 2,830

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Richard M. Nixon

Fiscal Year Petitions
Pending
Petitions
Received
Petitions
Granted
Petitions Denied
or Closed
Without
Presidential Action
P C P C P C R P C
1969 (5.5 mos.) 1,021 184 136 115 0 0 0 123 57
1970 1,034 242 337 122 82 14 0 432 266
1971 857 84 266 188 157 16 0 436 212
1972 530 44 346 170 235 18 2 252 158
1973 389 36 323 162 202 4 1 198 143
1974 312 50 291 135 187 8 0 209 128
1975 (1.5 mos.) 207 49 - - 0 0 0 0 0
Total (67 mos.)     1,699 892 863 60 3 1,650 964

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Gerald R. Ford

Fiscal Year Petitions
Pending
Petitions
Received
Petitions
Granted
Petitions Denied
or Closed
Without
Presidential Action
P C P C P C R P C
1975 (10.5 mos.) 207 49 351 259 147 5 4 166 159
1976 (15 mos.) 245 140 502 240 106 11 0 199 243
1977 (3.5 mos.) 442 126 125 50 129 6 1 70 63
Total (29 mos.)     978 549 382 22 5 435 465

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Jimmy Carter

Fiscal Year Petitions
Pending
Petitions
Received
Petitions
Granted
Petitions
Denied
Petitions Closed
Without
Presidential Action
P C P C P C R P C P C
1977 (8.5 mos.) 368 106 292 271 0 1 0 1 0 118 49
1978 541 327 379 262 162 3 0 307 409 74 46
1979 377 131 436 274 143 10 0 138 123 55 132
1980 477 140 355 168 155 8 3 150 106 161 81
1981 (3.5 mos.) 366 108 119 71 74 7 0 42 35 11 18
Total (48 mos.)     1,581 1,046 534 29 3 638 673 419 326

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Ronald Reagan

Fiscal Year Petitions
Pending
Petitions
Received
Petitions
Granted
Petitions
Denied
Petitions Closed
Without
Presidential Action
P C P C P C R P C P C
1981 (8.5 mos.) 358 119 220 137 2 0 0 0 0 66 87
1982 510 169 283 179 83 3 0 258 123 81 85
1983 371 137 298 149 91 2 0 74 33 96 103
1984 409 147 289 158 37 5 0 99 31 95 101
1985 467 168 256 151 32 3 0 86 18 66 109
1986 540 188 222 140 55 0 0 94 28 65 103
1987 548 197 227 183 23 0 0 115 34 52 110
1988 588 236 236 148 38 0 0 205 43 68 181
1989 (3.5 mos.) 513 160 68 60 32 0 0 38 8 23 26
Total (96 mos.)     2,099 1,305 393 13 0 969 318 612 905

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George H.W. Bush

Fiscal Year Petitions
Pending
Petitions
Received
Petitions
Granted
Petitions
Denied
Petitions Closed
Without
Presidential Action
P C P C P C R P C P C
1989 (8.5 mos.) 488 186 115 130 9 1 0 122 22 41 112
1990 432 184 206 148 0 0 0 94 22 59 114
1991 485 196 172 146 29 0 0 390 198 62 31
1992 180 109 174 205 0 0 0 45 76 40 31
1993 (3.5 mos.) 269 207 64 106 36 2 0 25 111 18 8
Total (48 mos.)     731 735 74 3 0 676 429 220 296

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William J. Clinton

Fiscal Year Petitions
Pending
Petitions
Received
Petitions
Granted
Petitions
Denied
Petitions Closed
Without
Presidential Action
P C P C P C R P C P C
1993 (8.5 mos.) 260 192 172 526 0 0 0 1 2 33 53
1994 392 656 228 580 0 0 0 175 400 74 136
1995 371 700 209 403 53 3 0 158 258 39 133
1996 330 709 204 308 0 0 0 72 139 23 137
1997 438 736 209 476 0 0 0 69 325 38 123
1998 540 764 201 407 21 0 0 54 126 37 161
1999 628 884 261 748 34 12 2 126 231 36 208
2000 693 1,179 336 1,052 70 6 0 0 790 61 176
2001 (3.5 mos.) 894 1,259 181 988 218 40 0 0 116 12 32
Total (96 mos.)     2,001 5,488 396 61 2 655 2,387 353 1,159

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George W. Bush

Fiscal Year Petitions
Pending
Petitions
Received
Petitions
Granted
Petitions
Denied
Petitions Closed
Without
Presidential Action
P C P C P C R P C P C
2001 (8.5 mos.) 923 2,063 110 548 0 0 0 0 1 45 277
2002 988 2,332 152 1,096 0 0 0 519 1,466 53 240
2003 565 1,715 172 851 7 0 0 51 819 21 159
2004 659 1,588 235 951 12 2 0 108 632 42 178
2005 733 1,728 252 807 39 0 0 89 411 35 296
2006 822 1,829 254 759 39 0 0 255 779 53 315
2007 729 1,495 334 925 16 2 0 0 0 75 336
2008 972 2,083 555 1,770 44 2 0 513 2,182 107 360
2009 (3.5 mos.) 864 1,309 434 869 32 5 0 194 1,208 33 62
Total (96 mos.)     2,498 8,576 189 11 0 1,729 7,498 464 2,223

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Barack H. Obama

Fiscal Year Petitions
Pending
Petitions
Received
Petitions
Granted
Petitions
Denied
Petitions Closed
Without
Presidential Action
P C P C P C R P C P C
2009 (8.5 mos.) 1,040 903 232 1,086 0 0 0 0 0 132 120
2010 1,140 1,869 262 1,902 0 0 0 0 0 117 340
2011 1,285 3,431 331 1,585 17 0 0 872 3,104 84 389
2012 643 1,523 383 1,547 5 1 0 147 689 48 148
2013 826 2,232 303 2,370 17 0 0 314 1,577 44 240
2014 (11 mos.) 754 2,785 204 6,308 13 9 0 154 1,226 35 216
Total (67.5 mos.)     1,715 14,798 52 10 0 1,487 6,596 460 1,453

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LEGEND:
The statistics for petitions granted are taken from a count of clemency warrants maintained by the Office of the Pardon Attorney. Cases in which multiple forms of relief were granted are counted in only one category. Cases in which clemency was granted to a person who did not file an application with the Office of the Pardon Attorney are counted as “Petitions Granted” but have not been counted as “Petitions Pending” or “Petitions Received” since at least FY 1990. The figures for commutations exclude one reprieve granted in FY 2000 and one granted in FY 2001. Also excluded from this chart are individual members of a class of persons granted pardons by proclamation, such as President Carter’s proclamation granting clemency to certain Vietnam era offenders, and persons granted clemency after action by President Ford’s Presidential Clemency Board. “Fiscal year” was originally defined as July 1 to June 30, but in 1976 became October 1 to September 30. "Petitions Pending" means pending at the beginning of the fiscal year or, in the case of a change of administration, the number of cases pending at the time of the new President’s inauguration; that number may not correspond with the number computed from case-processing figures reported for the previous year due to the fact that minor subsequent corrections in case closure for a previous fiscal year(s) have been made.

Updated: September 2014