"We got through all of the applications."Or, if you are Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner, you have "eliminated a backlog" of lots of requests (inherited, of course, from previous administrations). What happened while processing all of those applications?
Rauner granted "about 80 pardons out of more 2,300 applications he's acted on since taking office in 2015." He says it is because he is a reformer of criminal justice and because he is interested in giving people a second chance. A pile of about .03 percent of second chances to be exact. In contrast, the previous governor, Pat Quinn, "acted on about 4,000 cases," but granted clemency to more than 1,000.
One fears that Obama's DOJ is operating in too much in Rauner mode. To date, the Obama administration has denied a record 16,114 applications. Another 4,695 have been denied or closed without presidential action. With only a few weeks remaining in the President's term, almost 15,000 applications are pending.
But, they're going to "get through" all those applications, by golly. No sleeping or eating until then. Just ask them, they'll tell ya! See story here.