Records Can Too.


of those who apply for a pardon in
Pennsylvania actually get one!

This website was originally launched by Jeremy Burnworth of the PGH Pardon Hub, the first outside of Philadelphia, to simplify the Pardon process in Allegheny County. It has transitioned to the Pennsylvania Association of Pardon Projects to increase the number of pardons state-wide. If you are looking for help in Allegheny County, please click here.


of those who apply for a pardon in
Pennsylvania actually get one!

If you are being held back by a conviction in Pennsylvania for a crime at least five years ago where no one was hurt, you need to know this good news. Since 2019, Pennsylvania has been leading the nation in pardon reform.

the process is free, the form is short, you don’t need a lawyer, and hundreds and hundreds of people are being pardoned every year.

News Alert

The next Pardon Hearings are scheduled for November 6, 8 and 9 beginning at 9am. Click here to watch the hearings, and click here to attend a “prep session “ at 6pm on November 1 if you are an applicant or Pardon Coach.

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Find a Pardon Project

It’s so easy to apply that Pardon Projects (groups of volunteers) are springing up in counties all around the state helping people fill out the form.

Pardon Projects are countywide efforts that link together community organizations (called “Pardon Hubs”) that have been trained in the pardon form and process. They also have a list of volunteers (called “Pardon Coaches”) ready to help people fill out the application.

Click on the county name below to be directed to their website.

Do It Yourself!

No Pardon Project in your county (yet)?

You really CAN do it yourself.

If you have a question, write us:
[email protected].

Click here for information about pardons.
Click here for the application form and instructions.
Click here to watch some self-help videos.
Click here to hear from people who have been through the process.
Everyone agrees: pardons release potential, helping not just the individual and their families, but whole communities. District Attorneys, Judges, lawyers, communities of faith, chambers of commerce and non-profits around the state are all coming together to help people who have turned their lives around get a fresh start. If you are interested in forming a Pardon Project in your county, CLICK HERE.

There are lots of examples and resources to help you get started, plus lots of experience to share. All of the county Pardon Projects are connected through the Pennsylvania Association of Pardon Projects.

Let’s Get Started Creating Your New Future!

About the Pardon Project

Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity (PLSE) has been helping low-income Philadelphians clean up their criminal records since 2011. In 2018, it started the Pardon Project to make the pardon process in Pennsylvania accessible to those without money to hire lawyers. In 2020, PLSE began helping communities outside Philadelphia form their own Pardon Projects. The Pennsylvania Association of Pardon Projects was formed the following year. Click here to read the article Pardon Projects: Communities Coming Together in Restorative Justice (PA Bar Association, Jan. 2022).
Pennsylvania Association of Pardon Projects
230 S. Broad Street Suite 1102
Philadelphia, PA 19102

[email protected]

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