Office of the Pardon Attorney

Office of the Pardon Attorney

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Meet the Acting Pardon Attorney

Rosalind Sargent-Burns Official Photo
Acting Pardon Attorney

Rosalind Sargent-Burns was designated Acting Pardon Attorney by Attorney General William Barr on May 28, 2019.  She has been a member of the Office of the Pardon Attorney for over 10 years.

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PARDON Modified Operations During COVID-19

COVID-19 imageThe Office of the Pardon Attorney (PARDON) modified operations during COVID-19

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Download a Pardon or Commutation Form & Information

Commutation (reduction) of Sentence - Information and Instructions 

Commutation (reduction) of Sentence -  Petition

Pardon after Completion of Sentence - Information and Instructions

Pardon after Completion of Sentence - Petition

Please Note: This office will delete emails that contain JPG files, weblinks or urls, downloadable files from file sharing platforms such as GoogleDrive and DropBox, zipped files, and images of files taken on a smart phone. In order to ensure the safety of our electronic filing system, we also will not access files in unknown file formats, so if you have sent an email with any or all of the above issues, your email has been deleted without being reviewed. Please resubmit your transmission as a consolidated PDF attachment. If the file is too voluminous to transmit in one email, you may break it up in multiple email transmissions or send it by U.S. Postal Service.  We accept physical mail at: Office of the Pardon Attorney, U.S. Department of Justice, 950 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, DC 20530.  Sending mail to our physical address at 145 N Street NE, Washington, DC 20530 is also allowed, but please be aware that all physical mail is rerouted to DOJ headquarters so that it can be scanned for toxins and other harmful elements prior to being handled by our staff.

Presidential Clemency Action during the Biden Administration

Final clemency decisions by President Joseph R. Biden will be listed here as soon as they become available with more detailed information about offense, district, sentence, and a downloadable copy of the presidential warrant available on our Clemency Recipients page.


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.


The Office of the Pardon Attorney (PARDON) welcomes correspondence, preferably by email, regarding clemency matters.  PARDON is unable to respond to every item of correspondence that is submitted to this office. However, every submission is given appropriate attention, and if it relates to a pending application for clemency, it is added to that clemency casefile. If upon further review of your correspondence, we require additional information or a further discussion, we will be sure to contact the writer.  If your correspondence either doesn't require a response or we have recently responded to a similar inquiry from a writer, we will not reiterate the same information twice. Please read the full notice here.

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General Information for the Office of the Pardon Attorney

Rosalind Sargent-Burns
Acting Pardon Attorney


William Taylor II
Executive Officer


Office of the Pardon Attorney

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By Mail:

U.S. Department of Justice

Office of the Pardon Attorney

950 Pennsylvania Avenue - RFK Main Justice Building
Washington, DC 20530


By Phone:

Phone: 202-616-6070