2011 – 2017

Commuted Over 1,000 Sentences

President Obama fought for a smarter and more equitable criminal justice system. He committed to using all the tools at his disposal to remedy the unfairness at the heart of the system—including the presidential power to grant clemency.

President Obama commuted the sentences of 1,715 individuals — which includes 568 life sentences — the most grants of commutation issued by any President in this nation’s history, and more than the total number of commutations issued by the past 13 presidents combined. President Obama also granted a total of 212 pardons.

By the Numbers: President Obama’s Record on Commutations (as of January 17, 2017)

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