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Board of Pardons

Lt. Gov. John Fetterman chairs the Pennsylvania Board of Pardons, which hears requests for pardons and commutation in Pennsylvania. Pardons are granted to people who are not incarcerated, while commutations are reductions in prison sentences. 

In 2019, the Fetterman-led board took steps to make the pardons process more accessible, including waiving the application fee and streamlining the application.

Following a statewide tour that showed overwhelming favor for legalizing adult-use marijuana, Fetterman is encouraging anyone with a nonviolent marijuana-related conviction to pursue an expedited application for pardon.   

For a free application that can be used for any type of pardon request, click here.  

For more information about pardons or commutations, visit