About the Office

 Clemency 2022 and beyond

For over 130 years, the President has relied on the Department of Justice, and particularly the Office of the Pardon Attorney, for assistance in the exercise of the executive clemency power granted to the President by Article II, Section 2 of the Constitution. Under the Constitution, the President’s clemency power extends only to federal criminal offenses. Executive clemency may take several forms, including pardon, commutation of sentence, remission of fine or restitution, or reprieve. All requests for executive clemency for federal offenses are directed to the Pardon Attorney for review, investigation, and preparation of the Department’s recommendation to the President, which is signed by the Deputy Attorney General, for the final dispositions of each application. The Office of the Pardon Attorney also prepares the documents the President signs when granting executive clemency and notifies all applicants of the President’s clemency decisions.

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.

PUBLIC NOTICE

The Office of the Pardon Attorney (PARDON) welcomes correspondence, preferably by email to USPardon.Attorney@usdoj.gov, regarding clemency matters.  With a small staff of only 20 employees, PARDON is unable to respond to all correspondence that is submitted to the office. However, every submission is given appropriate attention, and if it relates to a pending petition for clemency, it is added to that clemency casefile. If upon further review we require additional information or a further discussion, we will be sure to contact the writer.  If we determine that correspondence submitted does not require a response or we have recently responded to a similar inquiry from the writer, we are unable to spend our limited resources providing the same information multiple times. Please read the full notice here.

Updated May 2, 2022

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