How we help
Who we are
The Pardon Project of Berks County was established in October 2021, through the guidance of the Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity (PLSE) and State Senator Judy Schwank, in cooperation with the Berks County District Attorney’s Office, the Berks County Bar Association, and Berks Connections/Pretrial Services.
What we do
The Pardon Project of Berks County helps eligible individuals with the pardon application process.
We train volunteers (“Pardon Coaches”) to better understand the pardon application process. Pardon Coaches recognize the Board of Pardons' consideration factors and can help individuals submit their best possible pardon application.
When did we start
We started meeting in March, held our first “Pardon Coach” training on October 13th and formally announced it to the Berks community on November 1st.
Where are we
Berks Connections/Pretrial Services (BCPS)
19 N. 6th Street
Reading, PA 19601
Who we serve
Click here to read the criteria we use in deciding who is eligible for free service from our Pardon Coaches. In general, we help residents of Berks County who have turned their lives around from the time they were involved in the criminal justice system.
Did you know?
Pennsylvania is leading the nation in pardon reform. The application for a pardon is free, a lawyer is not necessary, and over 80% of the people going before the PA Board of Pardons actually end up with a pardon! Over a ten-year period, pardons brought over $16.5 million dollars in higher wages into communities all across the state. Berks deserves its fair share!
If you have ever pled guilty or been convicted of a state crime in Pennsylvania and have fully completed your sentence, you really should consider applying for a pardon. A Pardon is total forgiveness by the state and allows the court, state police, and FBI to erase your record. You will never have to “check the box” again!
Pardon application form and instructions
Video Library #1
Videos explaining how to fill out the form and where to go for information
Video Library #2
Videos of people who have gone through the process, sharing what they learned