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Commutations

Pardon Humans, Not Just Turkeys

Molly M. Gill | Posted 01.24.2014 | Politics
Molly M. Gill

More commutations would also fatten up President Obama's rail-thin pardoning record of a mere 39 pardons and a single commutation -- the worst tally of any president in history.

Clemency Reform: We're Still Waiting

Julie Stewart | Posted 09.18.2013 | Crime
Julie Stewart

A year ago, The Washington Post and ProPublica reported that the Obama administration was set to reverse its poor record on clemency. It didn't happen. Since winning reelection, President Obama has not commuted a single sentence.

Fixing the 'Façade of Concern'

Molly M. Gill | Posted 07.31.2012 | Crime
Molly M. Gill

How could President Obama serve justice, show mercy, and correct appalling wrongdoing by a government official -- all without the approval of Congress? He could commute the sentence of Clarence Aaron.