Barack Obama's Clemency to Federal Prisoners
For Every Granted Petition, 108 were Denied or Closed. The Current US President Scores Worse Than Any Other Since 1900.
Barack Obama recently granted clemency to 46 prisoners condemned for drug offences. Last year, the Obama administration also rolled out a New Clemency Initiative, designed to "foster equity in criminal sentencing by considering clemency requests from as many as thousands of federal inmates".
Yet, the president has the worse record in US history (since 1900) for clemency concessions. On average, the President granted one clemency petition per month of office. While 150 a month were denied / closed. George Bush Jr. and Sr. come second in terms of low monthly rates, yet they still granted double the number of petitions than the current US President.
NOTE: The original data comes from the Department of Justice, and has been lastly updated on July 10th, 2015. It thus still doesn't include the 46 drug offenders whose sentences were commuted on July 14th, 2015. We will update the data as soon as the DOJ does.
Petitions Granted per Month
Petitions Denied or Closed Without Presidential Action per Month
|William H. Taft||17||27|
|Franklin D. Roosevelt||26||67|
|Harry S. Truman||22||31|
|Dwight D. Eisenhower||12||33|
|John F. Kennedy||17||24|
|Lyndon B. Johnson||19||46|
|Richard M. Nixon||14||39|
|Gerald R. Ford||14||31|
|George H.W. Bush||2||34|
|William J. Clinton||5||47|
|George W. Bush||2||124|