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Pa Pardon Board

Friday, the Pennsylvania Board of Pardons will be deciding what the future will look like for one local man who used to work as a detective, police officer, and drug task force member in Cambria County.

Back in 2015, Justin Arcurio was charged with hindering heroin investigations while working in law enforcement.

Now, he’s seeking a pardon from the state and for the charges to be wiped clean.

Earlier this week, Arcurio was interviewed virtually by the PA Board of Pardons, which is made up of five officials, including PA Attorney General Josh Shapiro and PA Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman.

“The vast majority of folks that apply for executive clemency apply due to employment reasons. Their criminal history or criminal conviction prevents them from either obtaining employment, or being able to pursue any upward mobility in their current employment,” said Brandon Flood, PA Board of Pardons Secretary.

Documents from 2015 say Arcurio warned a person who was involved in a heroin sale that an investigation was coming their way.

Arcurio was stripped of all law enforcement titles.

Officials say Arcurio currently holds two jobs that are not in the field of law enforcement, and hasn’t found another job in his desired field since his conviction.

“For him, he has indicated that his conviction has severely limited his career opportunities, particularly when it comes to the law enforcement field,” said Secretary Flood.

The PA Board of Pardons will make a decision tomorrow on whether they will approve or deny Arcurio’s application.

If they approve it, the application will be sent to the Governor for his signature, officials say.

“In his particular case, he would only need to get three out of five votes, a simple majority, in order to have his application recommended to the Governor. If he fails to secure those three votes, then his application will not be recommended, and he wouldn’t seek clemency again for at least a calendar year, with some exceptions of course,” said Secretary Flood.

Flood says if the Governor does choose to sign in, he’ll send it back to the PA Board of Pardons, who would notify state police and the FBI.

From there, Arcurio would be able to start new with a clean record.

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