Our mission at the Seattle Clemency Project is to help deserving, transformed, long-serving prisoners chart a path to clemency.


We match men and women who have been in prison for at least 10 years (often more, depending on the offense) with volunteer lawyers to assist in petitioning the governor for a commutation. Through the process, we provide support and resources to both attorney and client.

We first review the submissions sent to us. (Please see the "For Prisoners" tab for further information.) If the individual has met certain criteria, we go meet them in person. Once we feel they are a good candidate for clemency, we match that individual with an attorney working pro-bono. Together, they review the case and chart the best options available for clemency. While each lawyer will fully assume responsibility for their cases, the Seattle Clemency Project will provide counsel and support.