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Commutation of Sentence

The President can commute (reduce) a federal sentence and a sentence imposed in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. Use the commutation application to seek relief from a prison sentence, fine, or restitution.


The Office of the Pardon Attorney does not process requests for commutation (reduction) of sentences from persons convicted of offenses in military courts-martial. Military commutation requests are handled by the military branch that handled the conviction and sentencing.


Updated August 24, 2023