Trump Surprises Reformed Convict With Presidential Pardon

August 25, 2020

President Donald Trump surprised Jon Ponder, a convicted felon turned activist, with a pardon on Tuesday at the Republican National Convention.

Ponder is the founder of Hope for Prisoners, a reentry program that assists prisoners in getting their lives back on track. Trump's pardon clears him of a federal bank robbery charge. In a taped segment, Trump called his turnaround a "beautiful testament to the power of redemption."