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House of Representatives
Session of 2015 - 2016 Regular Session


Posted: December 22, 2014 03:14 PM
From: Representative Dom Costa
To: All House members
Subject: Contraband in Correctional Facilities

In the near future, I plan to re-introduce legislation – House Bill 442 – which would double fines for all classes of offenses and create harsher penalties for individuals who possess or deliver contraband materials to a correctional institution, mental hospital, youth development center, or other facility for detention or incarceration pursuant to court order.

Specifically, my legislation doubles the fines for all grades of offenses in the Commonwealth. In addition, my proposal adds “implements of escape or dangerous material” to 18 Pa.C.S. §5122 (Weapons or Implements for Escape) and increases grading for delivery and possession of such articles from a misdemeanor of the 1st degree to a felony of the 2nd degree. Finally, my bill makes several technical changes regarding definitions and language contained within the bill pertaining to the delivery of money, drugs, and contraband in prisons.

While prisons are meant to be institutions for rehabilitation, many of their inhabitants and visitors have attempted to use them to further their criminal enterprise while putting both inmates and staff at risk. I believe this legislation will make our corrections facilities safer and less vulnerable to criminal influence from outside the institution.

Please join me in co-sponsoring this important legislation.

Introduced as HB119