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Pennsylvania aims to reduce wait for clemency by years

Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman said his goal is for the state Board of Pardons to use the online system to turn around an application for a pardon or commutation in a year or less.

By Marc Levy/The Associated Press and Sam Dunklau

Wolf commutes life sentences for 13 jailed on murder charges

Gov. Tom Wolf’s office announced Friday he has commuted the life sentences of 13 Pennsylvania inmates, clearing the way for their release to halfway houses.

By The Associated Press

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Making the case for commutations

Pa.'s Board of Pardons vs. Lt. Gov. Fetterman
By Joseph Darius Jaafari/PA Post

Delaware County DA agrees to release lifer after reviving old charges to keep him jailed

Gov. Tom Wolf commuted David Sheppard’s sentence on Dec. 4. Even before the order was signed, Delaware County District Attorney Katayoun Copeland signaled her intention to keep him locked up.

By Laura Benshoff/WHYY

Prison sentences being commuted amid concerns over Pa.’s harsh ‘felony murder’ law

State corrections data show that Pennsylvania prisons house more than 5,100 people sentenced to life without parole. About 500 of them did not directly cause the death of a victim, according to a review the state’s Department of Corrections conducted last summer.

By An-Li Herring/WESA

As political tides shift, chances at commutation rise for Pennsylvania lifers

The lieutenant governor said he’d like to return to pre-1980s levels, when an average of 20 to 30 sentences a year were commuted.

By An-Li Herring/WESA