Wolf signs probation bills

Posted 12/23/19

HARRISBURG, PA — The PA Senate this week gave final approval to two bills that would strengthen the criminal justice system and reduce costs to taxpayers and Gov. Tom Wolf quickly signed them …

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Wolf signs probation bills

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HARRISBURG, PA — The PA Senate this week gave final approval to two bills that would strengthen the criminal justice system and reduce costs to taxpayers and Gov. Tom Wolf quickly signed them into law.

Senate Bill 500, sponsored by Sen. Lisa Baker, (R-20), would redirect a portion of these savings to strengthen county probation and parole services. A County Adult Probation and Parole Advisory Committee would be established to make funding recommendations. The committee would also be responsible for reviewing grant applications for county intermediate punishment programs.

Senate Bill 501, which was sponsored by Sen. Tom Killion, (R-9), would streamline the placement of offenders in drug treatment programs and other intermediate punishment programs, and improve and expedite the parole process for non-violent offenders. The bill would divert many non-violent offenders with short sentences to county probation and parole systems if they meet certain qualifications. It is estimated to save the commonwealth $45 million over the first five years.

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