10 U.S. Code § 874. Art. 74. Remission and suspension

(a)
The Secretary concerned and, when designated by him, any Under Secretary, Assistant Secretary, Judge Advocate General, or commanding officer may remit or suspend any part or amount of the unexecuted part of any sentence, including all uncollected forfeitures other than a sentence approved by the President. However, in the case of a sentence of confinement for life without eligibility for parole that is adjudged for an offense committed after October 29, 2000, after the sentence is ordered executed, the authority of the Secretary concerned under the preceding sentence (1) may not be delegated, and (2) may be exercised only after the service of a period of confinement of not less than 20 years.
(b)
The Secretary concerned may, for good cause, substitute an administrative form of discharge for a discharge or dismissal executed in accordance with the sentence of a court-martial.
(Aug. 10, 1956, ch. 1041, 70A Stat. 63; Pub. L. 106–398, § 1 [[div. A], title V, § 553(a)], Oct. 30, 2000, 114 Stat. 1654, 1654A–125; Pub. L. 107–107, div. A, title X, § 1048(a)(8), Dec. 28, 2001, 115 Stat. 1223.)

Historical and Revision Notes

Revised section

Source (U.S. Code)

Source (Statutes at Large)

874(a)

874(b)

50:661(a).

50:661(b).

May 5, 1950, ch. 169, §  1 (Art. 74), 64 Stat. 132.

In subsections (a) and (b), the words “Secretary concerned” are substituted for the words “Secretary of the Department”.

Amendments

2001—Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 107–107 inserted “that is adjudged for an offense committed after October 29, 2000” after “a sentence of confinement for life without eligibility for parole”.

2000—Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 106–398 inserted at end “However, in the case of a sentence of confinement for life without eligibility for parole, after the sentence is ordered executed, the authority of the Secretary concerned under the preceding sentence (1) may not be delegated, and (2) may be exercised only after the service of a period of confinement of not less than 20 years.”

Effective Date of 2000 Amendment

Pub. L. 106–398, § 1 [[div. A], title V, § 553(b)], Oct. 30, 2000, 114 Stat. 1654, 1654A–125, provided that:

“The amendment made by subsection (a) [amending this section] shall not apply with respect to a sentence of confinement for life without eligibility for parole that is adjudged for an offense committed before the date of the enactment of this Act [Oct. 30, 2000].”