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Pictured from left to right are Matt Franchak (Chief of Staff to Lt. Gov. Stack), Venus Shade (South Hills Criminal Justice Instructor), Bobbi Kanagy (South Hills CJ Student), Heather Marker (South Hills CJ Student), and Steve Burk (PA DOC Interagency Liaison).

by Jodie LeMaster
South Hills Marketing Team

LEWISTOWN — Criminal Justice (CJ) students from the Lewistown campus of South Hills School of Business & Technology attended a “Pathway to Pardons” seminar presented by Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor Mike Stack on Thursday, May 11.

For people who’ve made mistakes early in their lives, criminal histories have lasting consequences which can haunt them for years or even decades. To help them reclaim their lives and get a second chance, the “Pathway to Pardons” or “P2P” initiative was created by the Office of Lieutenant Governor, PA Board of Pardons, and the PA Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs in collaboration with PA Recovery Organizations Alliance (PRO•A), PA Department of Corrections, PA Probation and Parole, Lawyers for Social Equity, and many stakeholders throughout Pennsylvania. The “P2P” initiative aims to streamline the process of getting a pardon for citizens of Pennsylvania who are in long-term recovery.

Lt. Gov. Stack has traveled the state to promote the “P2P” initiative and help PA residents better understand the process of applying for a pardon and the requirements that must be met for an application to be considered.

There will be ongoing seminars, workshops, and town hall meetings hosted throughout the state. These events will include information on pardons, commutations, expungements, and how the characteristics of sustained recovery align with the elements of a pardon investigation. Visit the PRO•A website to learn more about the Pennsylvania pardons process and the “P2P” initiative, and check the PRO•A online calendar for upcoming “P2P” seminars. Learn more about the Criminal Justice specialized associate degree program at South Hills at www.southhills.edu/CJ.

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