Whites More Likely Than Minorities To Get Presidential Pardons

Posted by | December 4, 2011 09:43 | Filed under: Top Stories

By Nancy Hennen

Out of the select population who seek the ultimate pardon from the president, the white person is almost four times as likely to receive it.

Blacks have had the poorest chance of receiving the president’s ultimate act of mercy, according to an analysis of previously unreleased records and related data.

Current and former officials at the White House and Justice Department said they were surprised and dismayed by the racial disparities, which persist even when factors such as the type of crime and sentence are considered.

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