Office of the Pardon Attorney

Office of the Pardon Attorney

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Meet the Director

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.

Presidential Clemency Action during the Trump Administration

  1. August 25, 2017 - pardon granted
  2. December 20, 2017 - 1 commutation granted
  3. March 9, 2018 - 1 pardon granted
  4. April 13, 2018 - 1 pardon granted
  5. April 16, 2018 - 98 commutations denied & 82 pardons denied
  6. May 24, 2018 - 1 posthumous pardon granted
  7. May 31, 2018 - 1 pardon granted
  8. June 6, 2018 - 1 commutation granted
  9. July 10, 2018 - 2 commutations and 2 pardons granted
  10. May 6, 2019 - 1 pardon granted
  11. May 15, 2019 - 2 pardons granted
  12. July 29, 2019 - 5 pardons and 2 commutations granted
  13. October 10, 2019 - 1 posthumous pardon granted
  14. November 15, 2019 - 2 pardons granted
  15. February 18, 2020 - 4 commutations and 7 pardons granted
  16. July 10, 2020 - 1 commutation granted


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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Rosalind Sargent-Burns
Acting Pardon Attorney


William Taylor II
Executive Officer


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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