After Man Dies Waiting For Commutation, Pennsylvania Governor Frees 13 People
At the urging of advocates, Governor Tom Wolf signed off on all remaining commutations applications on his desk.
Man Recommended For Prison Release Dies Waiting For Pennsylvania Governor’s Sign-Off
The Board of Pardons unanimously recommended Bruce Norris for a commutation in December, but Tom Wolf had yet to approve it.
Pennsylvania’s prisons have the second-highest number of people in the country serving life without the possibility of parole. Nine people who were released after being sentenced to die behind bars share their stories.
Two Rising Democratic Stars May Be Vying for Pennsylvania Governor. On Criminal Justice, They’re Very Different
Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman has jumpstarted the state’s pardons process, while Attorney General Josh Shapiro’s self-styled progressivism isn’t winning over advocates.
Pennsylvania Inspector General Reviewing State Police Traffic Stop Tactics
The review follows an investigation by The Appeal and Spotlight PA, which found that troopers were using minor traffic stops to illegally detain and search motorists along highways.
Pennsylvania Governor Calls for Marijuana Legalization to Cover COVID-19 Budget Shortfall
Tom Wolf said Tuesday that legalizing and taxing recreational use of marijuana could help solve fiscal woes that arose from the pandemic, and address long-standing racial injustices.
Nearly 200 Pardons Languish on Pennsylvania Governor’s Desk
The state Board of Pardons recommended last year that hundreds of people’s criminal records be cleared. Months later, more than half are still waiting for Tom Wolf’s signature.
Pennsylvania Governor Approves Two Commutations For Men Serving Life Sentences
The two men have been awaiting Tom Wolf’s signature for more than six months.
My Friend Should Have Been Released from Prison. Instead, He Died There of COVID-19.
James ‘Bumpy’ Bennett, who had twice survived cancer, was 71 and had served 48 years of his life without parole sentence.