Friday, February 19, 2016

Obama: Hope and Change Scorecard

President Obama has - without fanfare - set a new record for denial of clemency application (9,227). In addition, he has set a new record for denial of commutation applications specifically (8,123).  In the "closed without action" category, the administration has zapped more applications (3,366) than any president since Franklin Roosevelt.


W. Bush
Obama
Comment
Pardons


Grants
189
70
Least merciful full termer since John Adams
Denials
1,729
1,629
More than 5 of the previous 6 presidents
Grant Rate
1 in every 13
1 in every 32

Closed w/out Action
464
484
More than any of the previous 3 presidents
Commutations


Grants
11
187
Many thousands of applications pending
Denials
7,479
8,123
A new record for presidents
Commutation Rate
1 in every 779
1 in every 102

Closed w/out Action
2,223
2,882
More than any of the previous 9 presidents
Grants



as % of Applications
.02
.011

as % of Decisions
.01
.025

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