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Comparing the percentage of clemency petitions granted by each president since Theodore Roosevelt shows that President Obama has granted the least

Data Source: Department of Justice, Clemency Statistics. Data available from 1900 to April 30, 2016. (Includes the 58 clemency requests granted by President Obama on May 5, 2016). (Graph: Meredith Booker, 2016)

This graph originally appeared in President Obama’s record on clemency: A premature celebration.

The Department of Justice has tracked the number of clemency petitions received and their outcomes since 1900. Using <a href="https://www.justice.gov/pardon/clemency-statistics">this data</a> which includes the 58 clemency requests granted on May 5, 2016 by President Obama, I calculated the percent of clemency petitions that were granted (including pardons, commutations, and remissions) by each president since Theodore Roosevelt.

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