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Bell Ringer: Presidential Commutations

Presidential Commutation

Gregory Korte talked about commutation, how it differs from a pardon, and the role of the Justice Department in the clemency process.

Description

Gregory Korte talked about commutation, how it differs from a pardon, and the role of the Justice Department in the clemency process.

Bell Ringer Assignment

  • Describe a presidential commutation and what it entails.
  • Explain how a presidential pardon differs from a commutation.
  • How does the number of President Obama's commutations compare to recent presidents?
  • Describe the Justice Department's role in the commutation process.
  • Explain the political risks of a president using clemency powers.

Additional Resource

Participants

    Vocabulary

    • Attorney General
    • Clemency
    • Commutation
    • Furlough
    • Justice Department
    • Pardon
    • Perilous
    • Willie Horton

    Topics

    Executive Branch

    Grades

    Middle SchoolHigh SchoolUniversity