The Office of the Pardon Attorney (OPA) welcomes correspondence, preferably by email, regarding clemency matters. OPA does not further 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 also added to that file. If upon further review of your correspondence, we require additional information or a further discussion, we will be sure to contact the writer.

Our website at has a wealth of information about various topics, including but not limited to downloadable pardon and commutation petitions and instructions, rules governing petitions, standards for consideration, clemency statistics, a list of the more recent denials and grants by the President, and responses to various frequently asked questions.

The Office of the Pardon Attorney is unable to predict when a decision will be reached by the President on pending matters, but petitioners, or their attorney when represented, will be notified promptly when final action has been taken. While we can give no assurance that final action will be taken by the current President on any particular pending matter, a clemency petition submitted under one presidential administration, but undecided by that administration, need not be resubmitted to this office or the White House, which will ultimately forward it to us. No matter the presidential administration, an application will remain under consideration until final action is taken by the President in office at that time.

In addition, we would also like to note that the clemency process is extremely lengthy due to the number of matters pending and the need to carefully examine and investigate all petitions. There is no process by which an application processed through this office may be expedited.

We hope this information is helpful.

                                                                        Office of the Pardon Attorney

                                                                        United States Department of Justice

Updated July 14, 2016

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