There is a myth that no one is ever granted a pardon in Pennsylvania. I am here to bust that myth!
While Gov. Wolf has been in office, he has been improving the Pardon process including hiring a new Board Secretary, simplifying the process, waiving the application fee and waiving the filing fee.
Recently, at the end of 2019, an Expedited Pardon process was implemented for low-level marijuana crimes. The hope is to cut the turnaround time (between the filing of the pardon application and the determination of whether to grant the applicant a hearing) for these offenses by more than half.
Since 2015 there have been 1,416 public hearings held. In 2019 alone there were 385 public hearings held. In comparison, between 2011 and 2014 there were only 587 public hearings held.
Regarding how many pardons have been granted: since 2015, Gov. Wolf has granted 886 Pardons. In comparison, from 2011- 2014, there were only 377 Pardons granted.
The numbers do not lie! Pardon hearings are being held and Pardons are being granted.