Of the 157 full pardons issued by President Bush to date, almost two-thirds went to people whose convictions had occurred more than 20 years before they were pardoned, and every single pardon recipient had fully served their sentence years before they were pardoned. In what she called a "very quick and dirty profile," Margaret Colgate Love, who served as U.S. pardon attorney between 1990 and 1997, said that only a handful of pardons went to people convicted less than 10 years before the pardon.
Most Bush Pardons Go to Those Convicted More Than 20 Years Before
The National Law Journal
October 29, 2008