What’s a Governor’s Pardon?

There are multiple ways a convict can attempt to get their name cleared if they believe they were wrongly accused or have showed excellent behavior since the crime and want a second chance. Depending on the circumstances, the convict can have their record sealed, expunged, or receive a governor’s pardon.

Sealing a record means that it still exists, but certain people like employers and landlords cannot view the information unless they have permission from the court. Expunging a record is practically erasing it, meaning it no longer exists and the defendant can legally say it never happened.

A governor’s pardon is when the convict is formally forgiven for the crime and can only be granted by an executive of the government...