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President Trump issues pardon to Las Vegas founder of Hope for Prisoners

Posted at 11:41 PM, Aug 25, 2020

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — President Donald Trump pardoned a Las Vegas man and was making headlines before Tuesday's Republican National Convention.

Jon D. Ponder, founded Hope for Prisoners 10 years ago to help people transition to life outside of prison, with many of them living for a time for places like the Casa Grande Transitional Housing Center.

President Trump issued pardon during Night 2 of the RNC

The organization has helped thousands of former inmates, and Tuesday Ponder's story was front and center on the national stage, as he received a pardon from President Trump.

The president had high praise for Ponder and said Ponder's life is a beautiful testament to redemption. And with that, an ultimate form of redemption.

Standing alongside President Trump and Richard Beasley, the former FBI agent who arrested him decades ago and now a dear friend, Ponder said he envisioned an America where trust exists between police and the communities they serve. A kind of partnership illustrated in his longtime relationship with Beasley and Vegas officers who volunteer for Hope for Prisoners.