The best way to learn about how to get a pardon is by listening to people who have gone through the process. On this page you will find a series of short videos – 4 minutes or less – where 8 people share their experiences and the lessons they learned.
The crimes they committed include forgery, theft, robbery, prostitution, dealing drugs, assault and carrying a gun without a license. Several of them had been convicted of three or more different crimes.
ONE BIG CHANGE since when these Pardon Coaches applied for their pardons: the time it takes to get a hearing has been cut in half. It’s now only two years (down from four), and the Board of Pardons is working to make it even shorter than that. You can get the FREE application and instructions here.
All of the videos can be found on our YouTube channel. Here are links to the individual videos:
- Why is a pardon important?
- How to show your involvement in the community for a pardon
- How do you prepare for the pardon application?
- What is the Board of Pardons looking for?
We thank all the Pardon Coaches who appear in these videos for their willingness to go public with their stories and share their advice with you. We also thank:
- Veteran Philadelphia TV news anchor Renee Chenault Fattah, who conducted all the interviews and decided what movies to make and what should be included.
- Board of Pardons Secretary Brandon Flood, who himself received a pardon and appears in these videos.
- The students in Drexel University’s Dragon Productions, led by adjunct faculty member Nick Natalicchio, who made the videos.
- The Thomas Skelton Harrison Foundation, which provided the funding that made these videos possible.