Exploring the state pardons process is focus of Nov. 2 seminar

GREENVILLE, Oct. 27 – State Rep. Mark Longietti, in partnership with Sen. Michele Brooks, Lt. Gov. Mike Stack and Thiel College, is hosting an event next week to help people understand how to seek a pardon or expungement of a past criminal conviction in Pennsylvania.

 

The free “Pathways to Pardons” seminar will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2 at Thiel College’s Stamm Lecture Hall, James Pedas Community Communication Center, 75 College Ave., Greenville. No RSVP is required to attend and questions may be directed to Longietti’s office at 724-981-4655.

 

“This is a chance to learn about the pardons process and other issues that could allow people to keep a record of a non-violent crime from getting in the way of their ability to get a job or volunteer in their community,” said Longietti, D-Mercer.

 

“People with a history of substance abuse often have a past that includes crimes committed while suffering from addiction. Many of them are now fully committed to their recovery and past transgressions are not representative of who they are today. For them, there is hope and a path toward finding meaningful work, obtaining housing or financial credit and leading fully productive lives,” he said.

 

At the event, called “Pathways to Pardons,” experts on pardons, corrections and drug-and-alcohol treatment will explain the process for obtaining pardons and expungements in Pennsylvania and what the state Board of Pardons looks for in a successful applicant.

 

Anyone who is interested in learning more about the pardons process is invited to attend the event, including people with a criminal past, attorneys, employers, counselors and clergy.