THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA
INTRODUCED BY BLAKE, SOLOBAY, ORIE, FONTANA, WAUGH, BREWSTER AND RAFFERTY, JANUARY 31, 2012
REFERRED TO JUDICIARY, JANUARY 31, 2012
Amending Title 61 (Prisons and Parole) of the Pennsylvania
Consolidated Statutes, further providing for establishment.
The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
hereby enacts as follows:
Section 1. Section 1731 of Title 61 of the Pennsylvania
Consolidated Statutes is amended to read:
§ 1731. Establishment.
(a) General rule.--
(1) In counties of the third, fourth and fifth class,
the persons now holding the following offices and their
successors in each county of the third, fourth or fifth class
shall compose a board to be known as the board of inspectors
of the jail or county prison.
(2) The following persons shall be members of the board:
(i) The president judge of the court of common pleas
or a judge designated by him.
(ii) [The district attorney] (Reserved).
(iii) The sheriff.
(iv) The controller.
(v) The county commissioners.
(2.1) Notwithstanding the provisions of paragraph (1),
the district attorney in a county of the third, fourth or
fifth class shall have the option of being a member of the
(3) The board and the officers appointed by it shall
provide for the safekeeping, discipline and employment of
inmates and the government and management of the correctional
(4) The duty of the sheriff relating to the safekeeping
of inmates shall cease and determine on their committal to
the correctional institution, and the sheriff may not be
furnished a residence in the correctional institution.
(5) Notwithstanding the provisions of paragraph (2), the
president judge may choose at any time to delete the judge
position from the board by so notifying the chairperson and
secretary of the board in writing. The decision to delete
this position shall remain in effect for as long as the
president judge making the decision shall remain as president
judge and thereafter until rescinded in like fashion by a
(b) Counties that may elect to be subject to subchapter.--
Any county of the sixth, seventh or eighth class may elect by
resolution of the county commissioners to be governed by the
provisions of this subchapter.
Section 2. This act shall take effect in 60 days.