Thread: parole boards
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Old 11-10-2019, 10:59 AM
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Originally Posted by Scumpup View Post
In PA, the board has no authority to parole from a life sentence. The board can recommend parole but the governor must approve it. Some sign off more than others. Tom Ridge, for example, never paroled a single lifer.
That's a little different - everything I've been able to find about PA states that those sentences are " life without parole" which require the governor to commute the sentence in order for the person to be eligible for release and according to the PA Board of Probation and Parole website :

Parole is also different from a pardon or a commutation of sentence. In Pennsylvania, the Board of Pardons handles these situations, which is completely separate from the Board of Probation and Parole
I believe sentence commutations in every state are up to the governor.