Clemency for the 21st Century: A Systemic Reform of the Federal Clemency Process
5 Pages Posted: 15 Apr 2013
Date Written: April 10, 2013
Federal clemency is in crisis. In response to that crisis, a remarkable bipartisan consensus has formed in support of systemic reform. This short statement acknowledges that consensus, and lays out a framework for change. The reforms described here are achievable without significant congressional action, consistent with best practices in the states, and cost-effective. We urge that this administration take the clemency process out of the Department of Justice, create an independent and bipartisan Clemency Board that would report directly to the President, and establish a regular and systemic process for executive consideration of individual cases.
Keywords: pardon power, clemency, commutation
JEL Classification: K14, K19
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