The previous post began to discuss an ongoing investigation by ProPublica and The Washington Post into the issue of pardons in this country and why so few are granted. The story of one man who was convicted 19 years ago of drug conspiracy charges was recently highlighted as it brings to light many problems with the system.
The man applied for a pardon from the president, but those applications go through the Office of the Pardon Attorney. It is here that most applications are denied. ProPublica is working to uncover why some of those may have been denied versus approved, because it is sometimes inexplicable.