White criminals seeking presidential pardons are nearly four times as likely to succeed as people of color, a ProPublica examination has found.
Obama has accelerated clemency to low-level drug offenders, but a study on pardons due in 2015 won’t be released until the fall of 2017.
Is this the beginning of a new trend in commutations?
The president’s 18 commutations put him ahead of recent presidents but his use of pardons still lags behind Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.
Prisoners' advocates call the reforms a step forward, but they don't address discrimination in presidential pardons or apply to everyone serving harsh sentences from outdated guidelines.
The president has ordered an early release from prison for Aaron, whose problematic case we have detailed.
The White House announced 17 pardons on Friday. But Obama has still granted clemency at a lower rate than his predecessors.
The Justice Department's inspector general says David Margolis, an associate deputy attorney general, did not properly supervise the pardon attorney on the Clarence Aaron case.
A Department of Justice Inspector General report concluded that the head of the pardons office may have mishandled the case of Clarence Aaron.
Given few positive recommendations by the Justice Department, Obama has handed out pardons and commutations at a lower rate than any of his recent predecessors, a ProPublica analysis shows.
A review triggered by stories published by ProPublica and The Washington Post will test the effect of race on pardon decisions.
The Justice Department is reviewing the commutation request of a federal inmate while conducting its first-ever in-depth analysis of presidential pardons.
ProPublica’s story about federal prison inmate Clarence Aaron prompts Rep. John Conyers to press President Obama to open a Justice Department probe. Civil rights groups ask for Congressional hearings on the Pardon Office
The prosecutor and trial judge urged federal officials to commute Clarence Aaron's sentence, but the Justice Department had other ideas.
Spurred by findings in a ProPublica investigation, former Maryland Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich pushes for a program to address inequities in the pardons process.
The questions from the House Judiciary Committee follow ProPublica's investigation into the Justice Department's pardon office and a finding of racial bias against minorities.
Former governor says pardons should be based on "Christian belief in repentance, forgiveness and redemption."
A state judge has blocked the release of 21 people, including five convicted of murder, who were pardoned by the outgoing governor. One issue is whether they had given sufficient public notice of their intent to seek release, allowing time for victims to comment.
Late last year, ProPublica and the Washington Post published a series of stories that exposed racial disparities in the awarding of presidential pardons. This past Sunday, the Washington Post's editorial page urged President Obama to reform the pardons process.