Governor Shapiro is working to make Pennsylvania’s justice system fairer and support residents reentering our communities.
Announced he would not sign any execution warrants during his term as Governor and called on the General Assembly to abolish the death penalty.
Signed a FY2023-24 budget with funding to support a new unit within the Department of Corrections to allow the department to address backlogs in the pardons process.
For the first time in Pennsylvania history, the Governor secured funding for indigent defense, ensuring public defenders have the resources they need to provide legal representation to every Pennsylvanian.
Awarded $14.5 million through the Department of Labor & Industry to support 10 re-entry programs across Pennsylvania.
Lt. Governor Austin Davis and the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency awarded $1.34 million through the First Chance Trust Fund Program to implement scholarship programs that benefit at-risk students in communities with prominent incarceration and dropout rates.
As chair of the Pennsylvania Board of Pardons, Lt. Governor Austin Davis spearheaded changes to the pardon application process, expanding eligibility to the expedited review process to applicants with non-violent offenses.