Gov. Tom Wolf's office announced Friday he has commuted the life sentences of 13 Pennsylvania inmates, clearing the way for their release to halfway houses.
Wolf said they had all been unanimously recommended by the Board of Pardons. All 13 had been convicted of first- or second-degree murder.
Nine are from Philadelphia, three are from Allegheny County and one is from Lancaster. They range in ages from 51 to 83. Two are women whose murders occurred in Philadelphia.
Wolf says he believes the inmates deserve a second chance.