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Video: White Criminals Four Times More Likely to be Pardoned

| by Michael Allen

Monday night on MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show (video below), ProPublica’s Dafna Linzer claimed that white criminals were four times more likely to receive a pardon than minorities over the last decade.

“Forgiveness is really what a pardon is about, and it is only going to one segment of society,” Linzer said. “Only white applicants are receiving this presidential forgiveness.”

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Linzer also explained that pardon applicants who had support from a member of Congress were much more likely to receive a pardon, and in many cases members of Congress supported pardon applicants who donated money to them.