Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Clemency Neglect in Three Charts

Chart A: At the front end of history, there were few federal criminal statutes and thus few offenders to be pardoned. From James Monroe forward, however, presidents generally granted at least one pardon in 90 percent of the months that they served. Abraham Lincoln was the first president to grant at least one pardon in every month of a term. Notice presidents thereafter remained at least in the high 90s until the new norm was introduced by Dwight Eisenhower:

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Chart B: Bill Clinton set a record for the highest number of months in a term without the granting of a single pardon (46). Amazingly, that record was tied in Barack Obama's first term.

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Chart C: George W. Bush's first term was notable for the highest number of consecutive months without a single act of clemency (23). The record was immediately tied by Barack Obama.

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The Editor will update these charts / generalizations (by adding Washington and Adams) in a future post. 


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