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A commutation is for the reduction of a prison or parole sentence currently being served by an applicant. Approximately 15 percent of the clemency applications the Board receives are for commutation of sentences. Inmates serving life sentences must apply for commutation of their life sentence as their only means of release since there is no such thing as parole for lifers in Pennsylvania. Inmates serving indeterminate sentences also apply for commutation of their minimum and/or maximum sentence, but the Board generally finds parole to be the more appropriate avenue for their release.

Applicants seeking representation should contact:

Steven R. Burk, Interagency Liaison
Bureau of Treatment Services
Pennsylvania Department of Corrections
1920 Technology Parkway, Mechanicsburg, PA 17050 

Phone:  717-728-0380