Pardoned Ex-Convict Appointed To Oversee State Board of Pardons

Former convicted felon Brandon Flood has been appointed as secretary of the Pennsylvania Board of Pardons.

Harrisburg, PA – A pardoned ex-convict who was previously convicted of felonies for drug dealing and weapons offenses has been appointed as the secretary of the Pennsylvania Board of Pardons.

State Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman announced he had appointed the former prison inmate, 36-year-old Brandon Flood, to the job on Monday, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

“It didn’t require any courage on my part, it was just common sense,” Fetterman told the paper.

Flood will be one of the five-member panel tasked with overseeing the pardons process.

The lieutenant governor noted Flood was qualified for the job, due to his own recent pardon.

“What better example of a second chance than somebody who has taken that very same path and received that same second chance in order to help lead the reform and the changes that this board desperately needs?” Fetterman quipped.

Fetterman, who is chairman of the Board of Pardons, said that Flood is “a singularly unique person to have in order [to] help remake the process,” The Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

“In me, not only do you have an advocate who understands the clemency process firsthand, you have someone who understands what it’s like to bear that scarlet letter of a conviction on your sleeve,” Flood told The Patriot-News.

"Oftentimes, when it comes to these positions of influence, a lot of times the decision makers do not possess that empathy,” he added. “With me, you do have someone who is empathetic.”

Flood and his two sisters were raised by a single father – a college-educated military veteran who worked as a government accountant, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

But Flood rebelled against his father’s strict rules and high expectations for his success.

He kicked off his criminal career at the age of 13 when he and his friends began selling marijuana. By the time he was 15, he was peddling crack cocaine.

“I was trying to take the easy route,” Flood admitted.

His first arrest came at the age of 15, when he got into a physical altercation with then-Harrisburg Police Chief Charles Keller for refusing to take off his coat inside school.

Flood subsequently went to a four-month boot camp program operated by the state, and earned his high school diploma in a youth detention facility.

But he returned to selling drugs on the street, and ended up getting arrested again at the age of 18.

He refused a plea agreement in that case and landed himself in prison for four years.

After he was released, he went back to drug dealing, resulting in a five-year sentence for selling crack-cocaine and carrying an unlicensed firearm.

As he sat in prison, Flood learned about criminal justice reform, read Malcom X’s autobiography, and began to understand “where the true levers of power are located,” he told The Philadelphia Inquirer.

He decided to pursue a career in politics when his prison sentence ended, and he worked his way into a position as a legislative aide.

Later on, he lobbied for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and the Service Employees International Union.

At the urging of former Board of Pardons secretary Mavis Nimoh, Flood began the process of applying to be pardoned for his three felony convictions.

In March, three years after his initial application, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf granted his pardon.

By then, he and Fetterman were already discussing Flood’s appointment to the Board of Pardons.

Flood said he wanted to make it easier for convicted felons to apply for pardons, and said that the possibility of having their criminal past wiped away will help motivate them to change.

“If they see this [a pardon] as a viable option, they will continue to be productive citizens,” he claimed. “They will see there’s a light at the end of the tunnel.”

Flood said he also wanted to make it easier and less costly for felons to have their convictions erased by having them expunged automatically, without a court process.

“The integrity of the clemency process will not be compromised or diminished in any way, shape, or form,” Flood added, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer. “We will continue to not only consider the impact upon victims, but also live up to this restorative justice model.”

Comments (17)
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Trueferblue
Trueferblue

It'll either give him insight to see through inmate's bullshit before him or a platform for revenge on the system he was going against which incarcerated him.

ProGODProUSA
ProGODProUSA

Nothing like setting the fox in charge of the hen house.

JBo
JBo

Well, he certainly has extensive experience with the criminal justice system.

Perhaps if they pardoned child molesters they could be put in charge of juvenile detention facilities.

ein-vogel-frei
ein-vogel-frei

When do we see Clinton as new Director of FBI?

irol2
irol2

WHOOOA there Nellie! I am all about the pardons and second chances. I just don't think that expungement should be an automatic process. First, it is a critical tool for Law Enforcement during investigations. Secondly, I think that the person receiving the Pardon should have to earn the expungement. The State average recidivism rate is 5 years at 76.6% compared to a Federal prisoners release at 44.7% after 5 years. Now this is worth investigating. Why the BIG differences? Maybe there is something to this that may assist a person who receives a pardon to stay out of the system. Thirdly, I say, after this critical time frame (5 years clean and remained out of trouble. No traffic offenses do not count), then and only then can expungement be considered. If the person who has been pardon remains out of trouble then and only then should expungement of his/her records be performed and as a free service as well.

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

No, sorry....what I foresee is another like Kim Foxx who will quickly turn his position into a "social justice warrior " role to find ways to circumvent the system, get back at the "wrongs done to him" , and release people who likely may not be due for a pardon. His track record is pure crap......No one on this board ever read " Past performance is a predication of future performance"?

alaskalawdog
alaskalawdog

Yeah, I don’t see any way this could possibly go wrong.

NomonK
NomonK

I am a firm believer in second chances. The problem is the recidivism rate in every state is so high. Having a felony conviction is a huge problem in getting a job. When you can't earn money your only option is to return to crime. I was a jail chaplain for many years and I have seen so many skilled and hard working Trustees return to crime because they couldn't get a job. I will add that I do have a very serious problem with this appointment but I don't know the appointee to make any judgement as to his moral character. He could be an outstanding man. Having a felony in ones life is no worse than being married and having a mistress. Both are wrong.

NFPD103
NFPD103

A lot of BS here with this story.

Stanracer
Stanracer

Wait....what!!!!!?????☹👎🤔

BatCrapCrazy
BatCrapCrazy

Member of "Fruits of Islam" while he was in SCI. Follower of Malcolm X and Fast Louis Farrakhan. He's no SJW, he's an outright radical. The infiltration continues.

Righton17
Righton17

I can only hope to hell all this nose rubbing doesn't get innocent people hurt, or worse.

Righton17
Righton17

Inmates are now OFFICIALLY running the asylum. How is this going to turn out? We shall see.