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Capital-Star Q+A: Josh Shapiro on the death penalty, climate and Harrisburg

BY: - April 8, 2022

The only Democratic gubernatorial candidate on the ballot in 2022 says he's here to take on 'big fights.'

Amid harsh winter for the pandemic, advocates, lawmakers pressure Wolf to release more from state prison

BY: - February 9, 2021

Thirty Democratic members of the state House and Senate wrote to Wolf on Monday urging him to use reprieve powers to cull the state’s prison population.

IT problem derails Pa. Pardons Board votes on commutations; deliberations expected to resume Thursday

BY: - September 2, 2020

The Board of Pardons heard dozens of clemency requests on Tuesday and Wednesday from people hoping to have their criminal records expunged.

Protesters call on Pa. Pardons Board to clear backlog of commutation requests

BY: - August 27, 2020

Ralliers urged the pardons board to let the aging prisoners return home as COVID-19 continues to place onerous restrictions on prison visits and programs.


Report: Nearly 200 pardons still await Wolf’s signature | Tuesday Morning Coffee

BY: - August 18, 2020

Last year, the board approved nearly 300 applications, The Appeal's Joshua Vaughn reported. Of those, 177 still await Gov. Tom Wolf's signature.

Life on hold: How the COVID-19 pandemic derailed Pennsylvania’s pardons board

BY: - April 20, 2020

This spring was supposed to kick off a banner year for Pennsylvania’s Board of Pardons, the five-member panel that can cut short sentences for prisoners serving life in prison. 

‘Pennsylvania believes in second chances,’ LG Fetterman says during Pardons Board’s historic day

BY: - September 15, 2019

It's part of the ongoing shift away from the tough on crime era of the 1990s. Officals say they want to "continue to advance the frontier" of providing second chances to those who deserve one.