September 14, 2020

Date: October 7th, 10am - 11:30am

In 2019, the Pennsylvania Board of Pardons completely revamped their application process for both pardons and commutations. The process is entirely free, the application is only four pages long, and vastly underutilized by people in Phi...

September 1, 2020

Economy League: Pardons as an Economic Investment Strategy - April 2020

Individuals who encounter the criminal justice system are, in many ways, permanently bound to and even defined by their criminal records. From being prohibited from living in public housing, to losi...

September 1, 2020

PLSE: Pardons and Public Safety - August 2020

Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity (PLSE) announced the results of the ten-year examination it has conducted into whether applicants for pardon, successful and not, go on to commit crimes that raise public safety concern...

July 7, 2020

The Philadelphia Inquirer: John Fetterman - July 6, 2020

All across Pennsylvania, we need to build trust between police and the communities they serve, with systemic change that can be created through thoughtful legislation. Community partnerships need to be formed betw...

April 30, 2020

Elizabeth Hardison - April 28, 2020

Dozens of people hoping to have their lengthy sentences cut short will have to wait indefinitely to plead their cases before Pennsylvania’s Board of Pardons, whose members have decided not to conduct interviews or cast votes remotely...

April 2, 2020

Workshops will take place from 9:30 AM – 1:00 PM on the following dates:

  • April: 2nd & 16th 

  • May: 7th & 21st 

  • June: 4th & 18th

  • July: 2nd & 16th 

  • August: 6th & 20th 

  • September: 3rd & 17th 

  • October: 1st & 15th 

  • November: 5th & 19th


September 12, 2019

Thousands are Serving Life Without Parole Sentences in Pennsylvania. A Board of Pardons Hearing Might Begin to Change That. 

Joshua Vaughn - September 11, 2019

People seeking commutations from life sentences encounter a steep hurdle in the state’s boa...

September 10, 2019

A Record 21 Lifers Are Up for Commutation in Pa. Does This Presage a New Era for the Board of Pardons?

Samantha Melamed September 10, 2019

James Inge, a man who’d been convicted of a 1975 robbery and killing, had invited the lieutenant governor to the State Correctional...

July 9, 2019

July 8, 2019, Morgan Gstalter - The Hill

An inmate who was granted clemency by former President Obama in 2016 said she wants to let him know that she is now enrolled in college and made the honor roll.

Danielle Metz said she would like to tell Obama: “You don't know what...

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