On this page we have 25 informative videos you might be interested in.
You can click on the listed titles to play them, or you can click on the section title for more information about the videos.
- Why is a Pardon Important?
- What is the Board of Pardons Looking For?
- How Hard is the Pardon Process?
- How Do You Prepare for the Pardon Application?
- How to Show Your Involvement in the Community
- Do I Need a Lawyer?
- What if I Wasn’t Guilty?
- Interview with Parole Agent
- Hearing with the Board of Pardons
People change. Records don’t. Each of us is better than the worst things we’ve ever done, but criminal records define people forever. And as The Economy League documents in a path-breaking study (2020), pardons can bring millions of dollars into low-income communities without using any taxpayer money, simply by letting people compete for jobs they are qualified for. In “People Change,” people share why they broke the law and how that has come to define them.
In “Walkies,” filmmaker Shuja Moore tells stories of transformation, talking with people who have been in prison about who they were and who they have become “on the outside.” To find out more about Walkies or to help fund future episodes, email ShujaMoore@gmail.com.
Peer-To-Peer Advice: The Pardon Process
The best way to learn about how to get a pardon is by listening to people who have gone through the process. Here you’ll find a series of short videos – 4 minutes or so – where 8 people share their experiences and the lessons they learned. The crimes they committed include forgery, theft, robbery, prostitution, dealing crack cocaine, assault and carrying an unlicensed gun. Several of them had been convicted of three or more different crimes.
These videos were made possible by a grant from the Thomas Skelton Harrison Foundation and were produced by Drexel University’s Dragon Productions under the direction of Nicholas Natalicchio. We also thank Board of Pardons Secretary Brandon Flood (who received a pardon himself) for participating and veteran TV news anchor Renee Chenault Fattah for doing the interviews.
Why is a pardon important? (Pennsylvania)
What is the Board of Pardons looking for? (Pennsylvania)
How hard is the pardon process? (Pennsylvania)
How do you prepare for the pardon application? (Pennsylvania)
How to show your involvement in the community for a pardon (Pennsylvania)
Do I Need a Lawyer?
What if I Wasn't Guilty?
Interview with Parole Agent
Hearing with the Board of Pardons
DIY: Filling Out the Application
Pennsylvania is on the leading edge of pardon reform in the country. Today (June 2020), over 85% of those submitting quality applications for pardon actually receive one from the Governor!
The form to apply for a pardon in Pennsylvania is pretty short but there are things you need to know to do the best job you can filling it out. These videos were created by Philadelphia Attorney Joe Mitchell, a private attorney who gives free community education workshops as a volunteer for PLSE.
Video 1 - Welcome to and Overview of the Pardon Video Series
Video 2 - Cleaning Up Criminal Records: Sealings (Clean Slate), Expungements and Pardons
Video 3 - When It's Best to Apply, and How Long It Will Take
Video 4 - Finding Your PA Criminal Record Online
Video 5 - Finding the PA Pardon Application and Getting Started (Sections 1 and 2)
Video 6 - THE MOST IMPORTANT PART: Your Personal Statement (Section 5)
Video 7 - Writing About The Convictions You Want Pardoned (Section 3)
Video 8 - Other Offenses You've Been Charged With (Section 4)
Video 9 - Finishing Up: What To Send In With Your Pardon Application (Sections 6 and 7)