A recent post discussed the case of a woman who is seeking a presidential pardon so that she can become a public defender. She had a lengthy mandatory minimum drug conspiracy sentence commuted by President Clinton in order to go to college and law school, but must have her conviction pardoned in order to be licensed as an attorney. The woman is African American and a single mother, which makes her statistically less likely to be granted her pardon.
A recent investigation by ProPublica and The Washington Post found that presidential pardons are more likely to favor white people convicted of crimes, rather than minorities. According to ProPublica, white people convicted of crimes who apply for a presidential pardon are almost four times more likely to be granted a pardon than minority applicants.
African American applicants are the least likely to be granted a presidential pardon. Even when factors like type of crime and length of sentence are considered, racial disparity in pardons is still prevalent.