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Press Release Governor Baker Announces Pardons of Four Individuals

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  • Office of Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito
  • Governor's Press Office
  • Massachusetts Parole Board

Media Contact for Governor Baker Announces Pardons of Four Individuals

Terry MacCormack, Press Secretary, Governor's Office


BOSTONToday, Governor Charlie Baker announced the pardons of four individuals: Kenneth Dunn, Steven Joanis, Stephen Polignone and Michael Picanso.

The Massachusetts Constitution grants the Governor the power to grant pardons, and Governor Baker issued updated Executive Clemency Guidelines in February 2020.

Petitions for pardons are reviewed by the Advisory Board of Pardons. The Board evaluates the petition, weighing the factors laid out in the Executive Guidelines, and makes a recommendation to the Governor. The Board had recommended the pardons of all of these individuals. The pardons must now be approved by the Governor’s Council.

“The ability to grant pardons is a very serious responsibility, but through careful consideration and review, I believe these individuals are worthy candidates for a pardon,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “All of these individuals have shown a commitment to their communities and rehabilitation since their convictions. However, the charges are related to decades-old convictions that continue to have an impact on their lives. I look forward to the Governor’s Council’s review of these recommendations.”

For more on Kenneth Dunn see here.

For more on Steven Joanis see here.

For more on Stephen Polignone see here

For more on Michael Picanso see here.


Media Contact for Governor Baker Announces Pardons of Four Individuals

Office of Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito 

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