Latest News from PLSE


Second Chances: Good News from around the state!


The Times-Tribune – April 17, 2022


Merle, Ron, Danea, Gordon, Celeste, Second Chances Month, and more!


Jeff Brown, Marie Antoinette, Chelsey Sirmons, and more!


GROWING FOR GOOD – PLSE’s Marijuana Amnesty Project

The Chicago Reader – February 3, 2022

Click here to read “Cannabis Conversation” with Andrea Lindsay


New Secretary, New Staff, New Form, and More News!


First Lady Frances Wolf Makes Criminal Record Clearing Her Priority For 2022

January 6, 2022


Pardon Projects: Communities Coming Together in Restorative Justice

The Pennsylvania Lawyer, Jan-Feb 2022


Readying for 2022’s bold Promise, major changes, new and renewed partnerships, and more 


Interbranch Commission for Gender, Racial and Ethnic Fairness Follows PA Bar Assn, Urges BOP to Stop Using Unpaid Fines & Fees as an Impediment to Pardons

Read Letter, November 30, 2021


PA Bar Association Overwhelmingly Opposes Pardons Board Policy on Unpaid Court Debts

Read Recommendation adopted on November 19, 2021


Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Pennsylvania Calls For Pardon Reforms

November 10, 2021

Read Resolution Calling For More Pardon Hearings Within One Year Of Filing

Read Resolution Calling For Immediate Recission of Board’s “Exclusionary” Fees and Costs Rule


 NEW PA Association of Pardon Projects, readings, and more!


Pardons: It’s Time to Finish the Job

The Legal Intelligencer, November 19, 2021


Berks begins Pardon Project to help those with past convictions

Reading EagleNovember 2, 2021


Green Thumb Industries Announces Inaugural Recipients of Good Green Grants

October 14, 2021


PLSE Announces New Leadership, Becomes Black-Led at Both Staff and Board Levels

September 16, 2021


If You Paid Your Debt to Society, You Should Be Allowed to Work

August 4, 2021

Read chairman and chief executive of JPMorgan Chase & Company, Jamie Dimon’s, article in The New York Times.


Pa. is leading the way on pardon reformed to Work | Opinion

June 30, 2021

Read Linda Dale Hoffa’s article in The Philadelphia Inquirer.


Board Leaps, Chancellor Scolds, Scranton Applauds, and more!


News both wonderful and horrible, How YOU can help, and more!



June 12, 2021
Will become Executive Director in September


Scattergood Hosts, Council Questions, PLSE Presents, and more


Pardon Coaching: Do it for Shane, and for Yourself

Read pardon volunteer Lorraine Marie Simmonis’ article in the Philadelphia Bar Reporter.


New PLSE Report on Racial Disparities and Second-Degree Murder in PA


Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman and Attorney General Josh Shapiro are calling for reform after PLSE’s latest report showing Black people in Pennsylvania have been sentenced to life in prison for second-degree murder at a rate 21 times higher than white people.





Innovative Clinics, New Partners, Eloquent Coaches, More Honors, and Heads Up!  



MontCo enlists, CHWs rock, NPR podcasts, Am Bar honors, Intake idles, and more.



BOP wows, PLSE reports, Cooney honors, BAI affiliates, 100 Coaches zoom, and more.


Life Without Parole for Second-Degree Murder In Pennsylvania:  An Objective Assessment of Sentencing


January 19, 2021
Andrea Lindsay, PLSE Lead Researcher and Mitigation Specialist





January 26, 2021
Written by Brandon Dorfman
Generocity



PLSE Wins, Treasurer Downgrades, Co-Ops Shine, Pitt Law Joins, and more.


PLSE Receives 2021 Innovation Award for Human Services / Community Development 


January 21, 2021

PLSE receives top prize for making society see expungements and pardons as investments in neighborhoods and human capital. 



January 19, 2021


Cites PLSE Study in Support of National Call to Question Whether Increasing Fees and Costs Are Good for Society


January 14, 2021
To read the letter to the rating agencies, click here.



January 6, 2021
Written by Tarik Kose and Isabella Falzone



3,000+ sign petition to Gov. Wolf, Judge Karen Simmons receives Pollak award, staff attorney Taylor Pacheco moderates Philadelphia Bar Association panel, and more.



December 4, 2020



December 1, 2020
The Defense (Magazine of the PA Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers)



PLSE Video Library Featured by BOP, Pardon Project Leaps Forward in Pittsburgh, Newest Mike Lee Fellow Joins, and more.



October 19th, 2020
Written by Patrick Keough
The Legal Intelligencer



September 16, 2020



Governor Acts, Juvenile Judges Pile On, Board Excels, PLAN Partners, PLSE Reports, and more.



August 31, 2020



August 5, 2020



Governor Flunks, Board Zooms, DA Innovates, Health Experts Join, and more.



August 14, 2020
Philadelphia Bar Reporter



August 12, 2020
Pennsylvania Department of State



August 7, 2020
Two Health Care Experts Join PLSE Board, Emphasizing Criminal Records as a Public Health Crisis.



Support swells, Mayor cancels, Board speeds up, Merck and Chubb sign on, More leaders speak out, and more.



July 9, 2020
The Philadelphia Inquirer
PLSE Volunteers lead the charge in organizing to represent protesters and help them contest their violations.



June 26, 2020
Technical.ly Philly
While 2018’s Clean Slate Law cleared barriers to housing, education and employment for individuals across PA, it indirectly created new technological barriers for the legal nonprofit.



Jeff Brown leads, Philly DA partners, PLSE begins online intake, tips on the parole interview, and more.



May 8, 2020
PA Bar strongly urges PA Board of Pardons to stop asking about juvenile records in pardon applications.




PA Bar acts, Economy League reports, Heinz Endowments funds, and more.



May 5, 2020



Temporary reprieves, historic Bar Leadership Summit, historic Board of Pardons vote, expanded Video Library, and more.



Record-breaking year, new Mike Lee Fellow, Pardon Hubs expanding to new neighborhoods, and more.



January 29, 2020


Barristers-Bebashi partnership, Sen. Vince Hughes delivers, Point Breeze becomes first neighborhood pardon network.


Senator Vincent Hughes Obtains Community and Economic Development Funding to Create 15 New Pardon Hubs

January 21, 2020




Pardon videos, expansion into North Philly, and much more.



November 29, 2019



Giving Tuesday, new Board members, Pardon Hub news, and more.



PLSE’s new Executive Director, the expedited pardon application, and much, much more.



September 23, 2019
Written by Carl “Tobey” Oxholm III
The Legal Intelligencer



PLSE’s record breaking year, upcoming expungement clinics, new partnerships, and need-to-know tips about Clean Slate.



Historic Board of Pardons vote, PLSE gains 2 new Board members, Clearing Juvenile Records, and more.



June 24, 2019



June 12, 2019
New pardon application sets new standard for clarity and access.



New pardon application, Mike Lee Fellowship update, and new community partnerships.



April 22, 2019



April 8, 2019



January 29, 2019



January 9, 2019



December 5, 2018



October 22, 2018



October 15, 2018



September 2018
Philadelphia Bar Reporter



August 27, 2018



August 14, 2018



July 23, 2018
Written by M. Zane Johnson
The Legal Intelligencer



June 25, 2018



April 26, 2018



March 5, 2018



January 3, 2018



December 20, 2017



November 14, 2017

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