Latest News from PLSE

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

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
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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 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.

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

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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

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