HARRISBURG – Gov. Tom Wolf has signed more than 2,000 pardons since he first took office in 2015, and with these pardons comes a fresh start for these Pennsylvanians and their families. Wolf said, “Pardoning more than 2,000 Pennsylvanians is one of the greatest honors of my time in office. We all deserve the opportunity to learn from our mistakes and do better tomorrow—but, oftentimes, a record prevents positive forward motion, sparking a repetitive cycle of defeat. Wolf surpassed 2,000 pardons in August, when he granted 102 pardons, of which 26 were expedited review marijuana cases. A pardon constitutes total forgiveness by the state for a criminal conviction, regardless of whether the sentence included time in prison, and allows for expungement of the related criminal record. Gov. Wolf has prioritized criminal justice reform throughout his administration. The pardons process has been modernized so that the application process is more streamlined, and application fees are now waived.