December 10, 2011
Pro Publica: 4-to-1 Racial Disparity In Presidential Pardons

In an in-depth investigation of the presidential pardons process [1], published this week, ProPublica found that white applicants were nearly four times as likely to succeed as minorities, even when factors such as the type of crime and sentence were considered.

The president ultimately decides who gets a pardon, but Presidents George W. Bush and Obamahave relied heavily [2] on recommendations from the Office of the Pardon Attorney inside the Justice Department.