When people think of pardons, they often think about the president or a governor pardoning someone facing the death penalty or some other serious offense. People don't often think about the millions of people out there - in Pennsylvania and across the country - who spend every day dealing with the effects of having a criminal conviction on their records.
In July 2010, the U.S. Sentencing Commission issued a report on the federal supervised release program, which is similar to parole. The main purpose of the program, the report said, is "to facilitate the reintegration of federal prisoners back into the community."
A conviction is a scary thing. Your mind will likely flood with questions about what the future holds now. Will you go to jail? Will you lose your job? What will happen to your record and reputation?