So, he now seeks a presidential pardon from a president who has granted fewer pardons than any full term president since John Adams !
Suppose White fills out the 23 page application, then beats the odds. Suppose he wins such a freakishly rare grant, from this President. Are the hurdles finally removed? Can he actually then go on being the productive, successful member of society that everyone wants a former convict to be? The Editor of this blog notes:
“There are some legal nuances and debates in the background.” Ruckman says. “While a pardon my clear a record and end all official, federal governmental punishment / restrictions, there may be others (collateral consequences) lurking from professions or the states. This is why ‘ban the box’ initiatives are so important. Sadly, a commutation of sentence can be an amazing second chance in life for a prisoner. But the hurdles they face in re-incorporating themselves back into society as productive members can be enormous. These may be problems which cannot be solved, but they deserve our attention. I was invited the closed briefing on ‘Life After Clemency’ at the White House last month. It certainly dramatized how brutal the process of getting back on one’s feet can be.”Says White:
"I do want a Pardon, but I want even more for there to be jobs and education in our communities for returning citizens. If given the opportunity to hire or interview a returning citizen employers should give them the chance to prove themselves. The biggest change doesn’t happen because a law of rule is changed. The biggest change is when we truly forgive those of us who return to society.”See Ferranti's full piece here.