Office of the Pardon Attorney

Office of the Pardon Attorney

PUBLIC NOTICE

The Office of the Pardon Attorney (OPA) welcomes correspondence, by mail or email, regarding clemency matters. Due to current resource limitations, we cannot respond to every piece of correspondence that is submitted to this office. However, every submission is given appropriate attention. Please read an explanation here.

Meet the Director

Meet the Deputy Pardon Attorney

Lawrence Kupers
Deputy Pardon Attorney

Lawrence Kupers joined the Office of the Pardon Attorney as Senior Counsel in 2014 after a decade as an inner city high school teacher, two decades as a public defender, two and one half years as an attorney advisor for the Defender Services Office, and two six-month details to the United States Sentencing Commission and the Department of Justice’s Access to Justice Initiative. He has served for the last two years as Deputy Pardon Attorney.

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 Trump Administration

 

 

Leadership 

Lawrence Kupers
Deputy Pardon Attorney

Contact 

William N. Taylor II

Executive Officer

 

Office of the Pardon Attorney
Phone: 202-616-6070

Email: USPardon.Attorney@usdoj.gov