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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.”

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.