Since taking office, Wolff has surpassed 2,000 pardons

HARRISBURG (KDKA) — Gov. Tom Wolf said he has pardoned more than 2,000 Pennsylvanians since taking office in 2015.

The governor’s office said Wolf pardoned 102 people in August, 26 of which were expedited marijuana cases.

Wolfe called the pardon of 2,000 Pennsylvanians “one of the greatest honors of my time in office.”

“We all deserve the opportunity to learn from our mistakes and do better tomorrow, but often the record prevents positive movement forward, causing a repeating cycle of defeat,” Wolfe said in a news release. “I strongly believe that with restored rights, pardoned Pennsylvanians will prove themselves by revitalizing and giving back to our communities.”

A pardon means a complete remission by the state of a criminal record, regardless of whether the sentence includes a term of imprisonment.

Wolff’s office quoted report for 2020 By the Economic League of Greater Philadelphia, which looked at 10 years of data on pardons and found that pardons injected $16.5 million into the economy “at no cost to anyone.”

Applying for a pardon is free and does not require a lawyer.

Back to top button