Monday, March 10, 2014

The Long Odds of Presidential Mercy

The Office of the Pardon Attorney (OPA), in the Department of Justice, has quite the workload (of new and pending applications - see chart below). In recent years, it has simply not been able to keep up (note the increasing gap between the top of the blue line and the top of the red line as you move to the right of the chart). When the OPA does act (blue), it is increasingly freakishly rare that it does so in a positive manner (yellow). Most (as in almost all) clemency applications are denied outright, or closed without presidential action.

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