Loyola alum pardoned for crimes by Gov. Pat Quinn

A 50-year-old Loyola alum was granted permission by Gov. Patt Quinn to legally erase her criminal record last week.

Leatrice Saffore first petitioned Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s office six years ago to be pardoned for a history that included a felony narcotics conviction from 1993 and non-felony convictions for theft, disorderly conduct and possession of a controlled substance, according to the Chicago Sun-Times’ Sneed Column. Her file was lost in the backlog that Quinn began working through on Oct. 11, according to the State Journal Register.

Saffore, who obtained a master’s in theology from Loyola, told Sneed in an exclusive interview that she is now preparing to earn a doctorate degree in ministry. You can read the full interview detailing the phone call that notified her of her pardon and the struggle of overcoming a criminal record here.


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