Governor Shapiro's Accomplishments

Ensuring the Justice System Works for All Pennsylvanians

Governor Shapiro is working to make Pennsylvania’s criminal 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. 


The death penalty is an archaic, broken policy from a bygone era, and we applaud Governor Shapiro for continuing the moratorium.”

-Elizabeth Randol, Legislative Director of ACLU PA

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. 

a photograph of Governor Shapiro holding up a bill

Signed the bipartisan Comprehensive Probation Reform legislation to ensure every person on probation will receive a probation review after two or four years and that minor technical violations will no longer result in a return to prison.  


Signed the bipartisan amended Clean Slate legislation to ensure Pennsylvanians who receive a pardon will get their criminal records cleared automatically.  

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. 


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. 

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.   


Under Lt. Governor Austin Davis, the Board of Pardons recommended 390 pardons, doubling the number of recommendations from 2022.