Executive Clemency

Definition - What does Executive Clemency mean?

Executive clemency refers to the power of the President and state Governors in federal and state cases to pardon an accused, shorten their sentence, or even commute their death sentence to a more lenient sentence.

Justipedia explains Executive Clemency

There are various reasons that executive clemency may be used such as an excessive sentence, as a reward of exceptional behavior in prison, doubts about the actual crime, prisoner's political connections, humanitarian reasons, and many more.

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