New Year’s Day offers the chance for a clean slate in 2023.

At 6 p.m. on Dec. 20, 2022, Sharmain Harris got his clean slate, via email, while coaching his son’s basketball team.

“I sent the kids out on a water break, and I checked my messages and I saw the email that I had been waiting for,” Harris said. “I belly yelled, I was breathing super hard. It was kind of like going through a panic attack.”

It was a message from the governor’s office, informing Harris that his pardon had been officially approved and would be in the mail soon.

Harris, who stepped out of prison in 2013 at age 24, has spent the last nine years rebuilding his life and working to help better his community.

This New Year’s Day, Harris can celebrate the next chapter of his life.

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