The Pardon Project is a collaboration of national leaders and organizations intended to increase presidential pardons, change the culture of the American Justice System around restorative justice, and create pathways toward self-governance.

The Pardon Project provides a national structure, led by Matthew Whitaker, former Acting U.S. Attorney General and Director of the American Freedom Initiative, and Alice Marie Johnson, clemency recipient and C.E.O of Taking Action for Good Foundation, to work closely with key groups and individuals to recommend cases to the President of the United States.

Matthew Whitaker
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Alice Johnson
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The Pardon Project


1. Vetting — we collect and vet cases for consideration by our legal team.
2. Storytelling — we create compelling story content and a robust public relations effort to support pardons for each person.
3. Re-Entry — provide support to returning prisoners to ensure successful re-entry into society.


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