Judges, Others Laud New Pennsylvania Law To Lower Prison Population | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Amaris Elliott-Engel | 7/15/12

Rehabilitation Policy

Rehabilitation Policy (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Republican Gov. Tom Corbett signed Senate Bill 100, also known as the Criminal Justice Reform Act, into law July 5.The changes the bill enacted include:

  • Expanding the eligibility for intermediate punishment, a program for nonviolent offenders convicted of an offense “motivated by the use of or addiction” to drugs and alcohol.
  • Establishing as a default that parolees are returned to community corrections centers, rather than state prison, for most parole violations.
  • Banning defendants convicted of certain misdemeanors from serving their sentences in state prison.
  • Eliminating pre-release into halfway houses for inmates who are within one year of their maximum sentences.
  • Requiring reinvestment of any savings from reducing the prison population to create a risk-assessment tool for judges when sentencing defendants, to fund local law enforcement and to give judicial districts an incentive to divert defendants to county jails through programming such as treatment courts.

 

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