Thursday, December 19, 2013

Obama: Mercy By the Numbers

61 acts of clemency in 5 years
52 pardons
9 commutations of sentence

Average distance between sentencing and clemency: 24.1 years
Number of recipients who served time in prison: 31 (51 percent)

Presidents with fewer grants:

* George Washington
* John Adams (served only one term)
* William H. Harrison (died of pneumonia after serving only 30 days)
* Zachary Taylor (who died of food poisoning after 18 months as president)
* James Garfield (assassinated after serving only four months)

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