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The Clemency Board Establishment Act of 2018 established the Clemency Board of the District of Columbia (“Clemency Board”) within the Executive Office of the Mayor to review the applications of people convicted of DC Code offenses, and determine which applicants to recommend to the President of the United States for clemency.

Given that DC Statehood has yet to be achieved, the Mayor (unlike governors) cannot grant clemency. The Clemency Board will review applications of individuals who have been convicted of DC Code offenses and may issue letters of recommendation which will be sent to the President for consideration when granting clemency and a copy to the US Department of Justice, Office of the Pardon Attorney (DOJ-Pardon). It is important to note that applications to the Clemency Board are not applications for clemency.To be granted clemency you must file an application with DOJ-Pardon, which you can access here

Staffing for the Clemency Board is provided by the Mayor’s Office of General Counsel. You can contact the Office of General Counsel at the following mailing and email address:

Mailing Address:

Executive Office of the Mayor
Mayor’s Office of General Counsel
Attn: Clemency Board
1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Suite 300
Washington, DC 20004

Email: [email protected]