A+ R A-

Despite New Pardons, Obama's Clemency Rate is Still Lowest in Recent History

E-mail Print PDF

Share this article with a friend

By Cora Currier, ProPublica

On March 1, President Obama pardoned 17 people. But despite the new pardons, the Obama administration has still granted clemency more rarely than any president in recent history.

Indeed, the day before the pardons were announced, a Department of Justice spokesman said, Obama had denied 314 other applicants.

A ProPublica analysis of Justice Department statistics last November found that Obama had granted pardons at a lower rate than Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, or George W. Bush had at the same point in their administrations.

Obama has now granted a total of 39 pardons and denied 1,333.

The people pardoned on Friday 2013 including a mother of two in Honolulu who had faced the possibility of deportation due to a 1996 conviction and a fishing company executive who went to prison in 1991 for a bid-rigging scam 2013 will not have their records wiped clean. But pardons do allow convicted criminals to restore their rights to vote, buy firearms, and open up other opportunities closed to them by their records.

Pardons are largely processed based on recommendations from the Justice Department's Office of the Pardon Attorney. As we reported in November, recommendations in favor of pardons have been rare during Obama's presidency.

The president also has the power to commute sentences 2013 a privilege Obama has used only once.

After ProPublica and the Washington Post detailed the commutation case of Clarence Aaron, the Justice Department's inspector general criticized the pardon attorney, Ronald L. Rodgers, for failing to convey key information about the case to the White House.

The report concluded that Rodgers had engaged in "conduct that fell substantially short of the high standards expected of Department of Justice employees and the duty he owed the President of the United States."

Our 2011 investigation of pardons data from 2001 to 2008 also found that whites were four times as likely to be pardoned as minorities, prompting a Justice Department study.

 

Add comment

By using our comment system, you agree to not post profane, vulgar, offensive, or slanderous comments. Spam and soliciting are strictly prohibited. Violation of these rules will result in your comments being deleted and your IP Address banned from accessing our website in the future. Your e-mail address will NOT be published, sold or used for marketing purposes.


Security code
Refresh

Comments  

 
0 # Ronald A Wederfoort 2013-07-14 08:10
Dear Brothers and Sisters,

The TRUTH of your PRESIDENT BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA is OSAMA BIN LADEN the TERRORIST.

Osama Bin Laden is not Dead, because he is OBAMA the President Playing that ROLE also as a ACTOR.
http://ronaldwederfoort.blogspot.com/2013/07/osama-bin-laden-is-not-dead-because-he.html

BARRY SOETORO(IMMIGRANT) AKA BARACK OBAMA (CIA) AKA OSAMA BIN LADEN (TERRORIST) AKA BARACK OBAMA (USA PRESIDENT 2X)
http://ronaldwederfoort.blogspot.com/2013/07/barry-soetoroimmigrant-aka-barack-obama.html

HOMELAND SECURITY: NSA,PRESIDENT OBAMA WIFE MICHELLE OBAMA VISITING OSAMA BIN LADEN SON HAMZA BIN Laden in Hospital
http://ronaldwederfoort.blogspot.com/2013/07/homeland-security-nsapresident-obama.html

http://ronaldwederfoort.blogspot.com

The TRUTH will come out, everyday as more light poors in the WORLD.

Please SHARE with all your brothers and sisters.
Reply
 
 
0 # Wall St Bulls 2013-03-16 07:41
I think Obama should issue a Pardon to everyone incarcerated with a non violent drug conviction and no prior violent felonies and then we would have plenty of room for violent criminals in jails where they belong.
Reply
 

Quantcast

BVN National News Wire