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Protesters call on Pennsylvania AG to ‘show mercy’ and commute more life sentences

“These rallies are spotlighting (Josh) Shapiro who has been a consistent person voting against commutations,”
By Cynthia Fernandez/Spotlight PA

Rallies planned in Pittsburgh, Philadelphia to urge state Attorney General Shapiro to support more commutations

"We want him to show some mercy and really give the thought that people need redemption. People change.”
By An-Li Herring/WESA

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Delco DA ends bid to keep man in prison who won clemency after 25 years

“The idea the Delaware County District Attorney’s Office would be pursuing it 28 years later as sort of a vendetta against a man whose sentence was commuted for a far more serious crime … just sends the wrong message.”
By Laura Benshoff/WHYY and Nicholas Pugliese/WHYY

His life sentence commuted, prisoner now faces theft charges dating back to 1992

After 25 years in prison, David Sheppard received clemency for a second-degree murder charge. But he may have to go back to prison for allegedly stealing jeans in 1992.
By Katie Meyer

Governor commutes life sentences of 8 more prisoners

Governor Tom Wolf is commuting the life sentences of eight more people in prison, bringing the total to 19 since he took office in 2015.

By The Associated Press

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