In the News:
Wednesday, September 11th 2019:
A record 21 lifers are up for commutation in PA. Does this presage a new era for the Board of Pardons?
Tuesday, September 10th 2019:
Large number of PA lifers up for pardons
Tuesday, September 10th 2019:
PA Board to hear pleas from prison lifers
Monday, September 9th 2019:
As Political Tides Shift, Chances At Commutation Rise For Pennsylvania Lifers
Thursday, August 22nd 2019:
Secretary Brandon Flood will be kicking off his Roadmap to Redemption prison tour at SCI-Coal Township. For more information, please check out the events page.
Friday, June 28th 2019:
Historic Pa. law to automatically seal millions of criminal charges starting Friday
Tuesday, June 25th 2019:
Secretary of Board of Pardons looks to make process faster, more affordable
Tuesday, June 11th 2019:
New Board of Pardons Application, Another Step to Streamlining Pardons Process
Harrisburg, PA – Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman announced Tuesday the release of a new, more user-friendly application for clemency requests before the Board of Pardons.
The Board voted to approve the new application at its May 29 meeting, and the new form hit the website yesterday.
Fetterman, who oversees the Board, has prioritized improved accessibility to pardons. In March, he announced the Board had voted to eliminate application-related fees that inhibited lower-income applicants.
"Shortening the application and improving its flow is another step to making sure this process is accessible to everyone," Fetterman said, emphasizing that people don't need an attorney to apply for a pardon. "It's our responsibility to make sure the application makes sense to the clientele we're trying to serve."
The new application includes 11 pages with instructions, replacing a 20-page form. Unlike the old application, the new form doesn't require a list of the applicant's expunged offenses.
"We recognized there were some simple changes that could make this process friendlier for applicants," said Fetterman's Deputy Chief of Staff, Shavonnia Corbin-Johnson, who oversaw the project. "The point of an expungement is to clear it from your record and not have to rehash it. A and B are not related when it comes to expunged charges and a request for clemency."
She said it can be daunting to track down records from expunged offenses, so that requirement discouraged applicants. The pardons application still requires extensive records research for other charges, but was common sense to eliminate the redundant requirement for expungements, she said.
In addition to being shorter, the new application is more approachable and employs more plain-spoken, coherent language and has a more intuitive flow than its predecessor.
Monday, June 3rd 2019:
'It's a light at the end of the tunnel': Ex-offenders and lifers seek a second chance from Pa. Pardons Board.
Friday, May 24th 2019:
Effective Monday, June 3, 2019, a formal request for reconsideration must be accompanied by a Reconsideration Request Form, which is prescribed by the Pennsylvania Board of Pardons (BOP). From the effective date and anytime thereafter, any request that does not include a Reconsideration Request Form will be automatically rejected by the BOP.
Download Reconsideration Request Form
Tuesday, May 14th 2019:
Clinic aims to help people with criminal pasts.
Monday, May 13th 2019:
Secretary Brandon Flood, along with State Rep Carol Hill-Evans and others to speak at 'Pardon Me' event.
Wednesday, May 1st 2019:
Secretary Brandon Flood joins State Representative Jordan Harris, Senator Anthony Williams, and House Speaker Bill DeWeese on witf smartTALK to discuss the Clean Slate Act, expungements, and criminal justice reform.
Monday, April 28th 2019:
iHeart Radio - Ken Matthews interviews & takes calls with Brandon Flood, Secretary of the PA Board of Pardons.
Monday, April 8th 2019:
Lt. Governor Fetterman announces Brandon Flood as new Secretary of Board of Pardons.
Thursday, March 21st 2019:
Board of Pardons Process Flowcharts for public and incarcerated cases are now available. For more information on the pardon process, please visit our process page.
Tuesday, March 18th 2019:
We are excited to announce that our Application packets are now available for anyone seeking Clemency in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The packets include information on the Pardon/Commutation Process, filing instructions, factors sheet, the application, and additional supplemental pages. You can download our free Application packets here.
Monday, March 17th 2019:
The regulation-mandated fee for pardon applications has been eliminated and will be available at no cost for those who initiate the application starting today.
Friday, March 15th 2019:
Lt. Gov. John Fetterman's pardons-related fee reform unanimously approved. Read the press release here.
Monday, May 21st 2018:
As of May 21, 2018, the Board of Pardons Office will no longer operate a window service. As such, individuals will need to obtain an application for clemency by purchasing it online or through the mail. Also, completed applications can no longer be dropped off and must be mailed in to our office.