Renee Chenault Fattah Joins PLSE As Deputy Director

June 12, 2021– Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity (PLSE) announced today that lawyer, award-winning television news anchor and filmmaker Renee Chenault Fattah has joined the staff as Deputy Director, with the intention that she become Executive Director in September. Chenault Fattah joins PLSE from the SeniorLAW Center, where she has been serving as director of Pro …

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. Read the LG’s press release here. Read PLSE’s report here.

Pardon Coaching: Do it for Shane, and for Yourself

Read pardon volunteer Lorraine Marie Simmonis’ article in the Philadelphia Bar Reporter. Download PDF of Article Here

Protest Arrest Citation Help!

If you were detained during a protest and given a code violation notice (CVN) then see these pro se resources so that you can object to it yourself!

Pardons as Racial Justice Work

PLSE’s pro bono pardon work was featured in the Philadelphia Bar Association’s monthly newspaper, the Philadelphia Bar Reporter.

Pennsylvania Announces Online Ballot Applications Available in Spanish

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEAugust 12, 2020 Pennsylvania Announces Online Ballot Applications Available in Spanish  Harrisburg, PA – Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar announced today that the state’s online application for mail-in and absentee ballots is now available in Spanish. “Language should not be a barrier for eligible Pennsylvanians to exercise their right to vote. Providing applications in …

PA Bar Association Calls For Pardon Reform

May 8, 2020 Now the leadership of the legal profession across the state of PA has agreed that the Board of Pardons should stop asking about juvenile records!  

Economy League issues report finding pardons have major impact on neighborhood economies

The Economy League of Greater Philadelphia’s April 2020 report finds pardons are “powerful, no-cost workforce development tools that can help uplift individuals and communities across the Commonwealth” and proposes three areas of reform. The Economy League of Greater Philadelphia issued a report today on the impact that pardons have on the economies of low-income/high-arrest neighborhoods. …